Football Halftime

Chapter 2.3

Do players ever take breaks? When is the halftime show? Get ready to learn about halftime and the exciting halftime show.


We already learned about the structure of a football game. Every football game, is made up of four (4) quarters or two (2) halves of game time.

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A long break from play called halftime separates each half in football. During this time, play is suspended. The teams go into their respective locker rooms to talk strategy and re-group.

Rookie Road Football Halftime Image

Halftime Show

To keep fans entertained, some football games have something called a halftime show. This usually consists of some form of entertainment like a marching band.

PRO TIP: If you're watching on TV, there's usually a breakdown of each team's performance by sports analysts on major networks.

After Halftime

So what happens when teams come back to the field after halftime? Who gets the ball? Well, do you remember the coin toss? The team that lost the opening coin toss gets their first choice of the following coin toss options at the start of the 2nd half.

  1. To kick or to receive
  2. Which goal to defend

REMEMBER: If the team that won the coin toss chose to defer, they will get their first choice of the coin toss options above at the start of the 2nd half.

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