Before each match the following timeframe and protocol will be followed:
30 min before match-start
o Team list with all players and numbers before the first match and then just the substitutes/reserves before each game.
15 min before match-start: Check of players and equipment.
o Full check of all player and equipment for the first match of the tournament and after that only visual check by referees.
10 min before match: Team and referee presentation.
o Only first match for each team i.e match 1-4 if both 4 male & female teams.
7 min before match-start.
o National anthem (optional).
3 min before match-start.
o Exchange of federations pennants by captains (in the water).
2 min before match-start.
o Available for teams battle cry.
1 min before match-start – deck referee calls for “1 minute”.
2-3 sec – deck referee asks teams if they are ready.
0 min – Match-start!