Like any sport, polo matches are divided into several periods for players and horses to rest and recover. Each playing period in a polo game is called a “chukka”.
This term comes from the Hindi word “chukker”, which is also widely used and means “circle”.
A polo match is divided into 4 or 8 chukkas which last 7 minutes. There is a 3-minute interval between each chukka. In the middle of the game, there is a longer break of 5 minutes. The duration of a polo match may vary depending on several factors. For instance, in arena polo, chukkas last 7,5 minutes.
Another important fact is that polo players usually change horses between chukkas. So, as you can see, there is a lot happening during the playing time and the intervals of each polo match. How many chukkas are you ready to play?