How Long is Soccer Halftime?

How Long is Soccer Halftime?

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Does soccer have a halftime? Yes. How long is soccer halftime? Typically, 15 minutes but we will break it down further.

Generally, from u15 and older, soccer matches are split into two 45-minute halves with a 15 minute halftime in between.

The game of soccer differs from many other sports where in sports like American football and basketball there are multiple timeouts and game time stops throughout.

Soccer time is continuous and there are no coaches timeouts.

At the youth level, on really hot days, a referee will stop play for water breaks. Otherwise, if there’s an injury or pause in the game, stoppage time will be added to the end of the halves.

How a Soccer Game is Structured

Soccer games last 90 minutes (plus stoppage time). Each match is structured as:

  • 1st Half: 45 minutes
  • Halftime: 15 minutes
  • 2nd Half: 45 minutes
  • Overtime: (2) 15 minutes halves (if necessary)

After halftime, the teams will switch ends of the field. On some occasions, the sun or wind will play factors so this can even out the advantage.

If the score is tied at the end of regulation then the game ends as a “draw”.

If a winner needs to be determined such as playoffs or tournaments, then an overtime period will be assessed. In a 90-minute game format, usually two 15 minute overtime halves will be played.

Note: for the younger ages, the soccer matches are less than 90 minutes. We’ve explained this in How Long is a Youth Soccer Game article. 

How Long Halftime in Soccer?

As mentioned above, for a 90-minute match, halftime in soccer lasts for 15 minutes.

For games that are less than 90 minutes long, halftime could be shorter.

The duration of halftime is determined by the referee. They can blow the whistle earlier if they feel like doing so but usually they will use the allotted time.

What Happens at Halftime?

Halftime during soccer matches provides a small window of opportunity for rest. Players that were just on the field are able to get off their feet, stretch, replenish with nutrients and hydrate themselves.

It also provides coaches with some time to talk to their players about what they need to focus on in the second half. Very often, soccer strategies shift from the first to second half of the game. Coaches may decide to alter the lineup and change formations.

In summary, halftime provides players and coaches a reset before they play another 45 minutes. It also gives parents an opportunity to calm down from the first half (we’re kidding…kind of ;).

It’s important that players maximize this opportunity to take care of their bodies. Soccer matches can be very physical and this is a great time to alleviate some of the pain.


Hopefully this helps answer any questions you have about halftime and the benefits of it.

If you are a parent reading this, please let your player know that it is important to hydrate and eat a carbohydrate-rich snack if they are feeling sluggish.

Also, tell them to listen to their bodies and stretch any aches if necessary.

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      Beau Bridges - Soccer Novo Hey 👋 I’m Beau. A proud Dad, former coach and soccer enthusiast. I continue to love the game of soccer today the same way I did when I was 7. I created to share what I know about the game as well as provide a platform so other parents can learn more about youth soccer in the U.S.

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