New Rules to Be Tested at USA Women Open Series with Australia

Courtesy: USA Water Polo

BERKELEY, Calif. – The USA Women’s National Team and Australia begin a three-game series at the University of California, Berkeley, this Sunday at 4 p.m. PT.

The series continues on to the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA on August 22 at 5:30 p.m. PT. Action wraps up on Sunday, August 26 at Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, CA with a 2 p.m. PT start in a match that will honor the career of three-time Olympic medalist Kami Craig. For more information on the series see below or click here.

All three games will stream live at or and live stats will be available at The USA Women are the #1 ranked team in the world and currently hold every major championship available including the Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League & Pan American Games.

Australia and Team USA, two longtime rivals who have met in four Olympic Games, get together in preparation for the FINA World Cup, set for September 4-9 in Surgut, Russia. The FINA World Cup will feature the testing of new rules, many of which will also be tested during this three game exhibition series. See below for more information.

FINA Test Rules (subject to change)

  • Shot clock resets to 20 seconds after corner throws, on rebounds with no change of possession and after exclusions.
  • Free throws taken from the location of the ball except inside 2 meters
  • On corner throw and free throw players may: shoot directly, swim and shoot without passing or pass.
  • Substitutions can take place anywhere between goal line and center field line on teams half of the pool. Not allowed for excluded players
  • 3-minute halftime break
  • Can shoot and score after foul outside six meters
  • Goalkeeper can move beyond the half distance line and touch the ball
  • Two timeouts allowed per team at anytime, except after awarding of penalty shot.
  • If player is impeded from behind inside six meters in an attempt to shoot, penalty will be awarded.


2018 USA-Australia Series – all times PST

  • August 19 – University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA – 4pm pt – TICKETS; 2301 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
  • August 22 – Stevenson School – Pebble Beach, CA – 5:30pm pt – FREE ADMISSION (first come, first serve – seating is very limited – some admission may be standing room only); 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA
  • August 26 – Santa Barbara High School – Santa Barbara, CA – 2pm pt – TICKETS; 700 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA

*Admission is priced $15 online, $20 at door. USAWP Members receive discounted tickets @ $10, Use code “USWP18” (discount only available online).

USA Women’s National Team Australia Series Roster
1. Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC)
2. Brigitta Games (Littleton, CO/USC/NYAC)
3. Stephania Haralabidis (Athens, Greece/USC/NYAC)
4. Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL)
5. Paige Hauschild (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805)
6. Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
7. Jamie Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
8. Kiley Neushul (Isla Vista, CA/Stanford/NYAC)
9. Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET)
10. Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, CA/USC/NYAC)
11. Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET)
12. Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Huntington Beach WP)
13. Amanda Longan (Moorpark, CA/USC/Santa Barbara 805)
14. Jordan Raney (Manhattan Beach, CA/Stanford/Huntington Beach WP)

Head Coach: Adam Krikorian
Assistant Coaches: Dan Klatt and Coralie Simmons
Team Manager: Liz Grimes

Australia Women’s National Team USA Series Roster
Elle Armit
Zoe Arancini
Morgan Baxter
Hannah Buckling
Pascalle Casey
Keesja Gofers
Bronte Halligan
Lilian Hedges
Bronwen Knox
Genevieve Longman
Gabi Palm
Amy Ridge
Madeleine Steere
Rowie Webster
Alice Williams
Isobel Bishop (August 26 only)

Head Coach: Sakis Kechagias

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4 years ago

No Melissa Seideman?