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Football Regulation

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Regulation in football is a term used to describe the set amount of time a football game is to take place. The regulation time for a standard football game is 60 minutes, divided into four 15 minute quarters, or two halves. At the halfway point of the game, halftime, the regulation time is half over. During this time is when there is a halftime performance. At the end of the regulation time, the team with the most points wins the game. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, the game goes into overtime. Overtime is not considered a part of regulation time.

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Game Length

Although regulation time is 60 minutes, games often go on for much longer due to how many stoppages the game requires. Sometimes games can last for upwards of 3 hours! Unlike many other sports like soccer, football does not match up to the regulation time. The game clock always counts down time and is displayed in stadiums and is televised for viewers at home.