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Soccer Halftime Rules

What is halftime in a soccer match? How long does halftime last? Get ready to learn the rules of halftime in football games (soccer).

Introduction

Soccer does not typically stop at any point of a match, with the exception of halftime. For most teams, halftime is a chance to strategize. For fans, it's an opportunity to stretch legs after a significant period of time.

Let's learn all about halftime and the different parts of the game that it impacts.

Halves

There are two halves of game time in a soccer match each with the same amount of time allotted for play, with added time at the end of each half. In a standard regulation match, each half is 45 minutes for a total of 90 minutes not including stoppage time or extra time.

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Halftime Length

Halftime is the midway point of a soccer match, where teams are allowed to break for a league sanctioned amount of time. The referee signals halftime by blowing his whistle when the game clock has reached the middle of the allotted match time. In a FIFA sanctioned match, halftime is after 45 minutes have elapsed. Halftime can last up to 15 minutes. A much shorter break from play happens between extra time periods that last around one minute.

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World Cup Halftime Length

In the World Cup, halftime lasts as long as 15 minutes in the Group Stage. In the Knockout Stages of the World Cup, there are additional breaks from play in between periods of extra time that last five minutes each.

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