How Long Is A Field Hockey Match? [Expert Review!]

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The answer may vary from one league’s season to another, but let’s take a closer look.

American Field Hockey League (AFL)

The American Field Hockey League (AFL) was founded in 1975 and is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. The season runs from mid-April to October and features 160 to 170 teams across the United States. Matches are two-to-three-hours long and consist of two ten-minute halves. During the first ten minutes of each half, each team has a break and is free to enter the middle of the pitch to prepare for the second half. Two five-minute breaks are given per half. In the NFL, a typical game lasts three hours and fifteen minutes. The only difference is the pitch size which is much smaller in the AFL.

National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)

The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) was founded in 1975 and is the oldest professional soccer league in North America. According to the NPSL rulebook, matches are played between two teams of equal strength and are two-to-three-hours in length. A full roster of twenty players is required for each squad and no substitutes are allowed. No shootouts are held and the goal is scored when the ball is directly put into the opposing goal.

Canadian Football League (CFL)

The Canadian Football League (CFL) was formed in the late 1960s and is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America. The season runs from mid-June to November with 106 teams competing for the Grey Cup. Matches are three sixty-minute halves with a fifteen-minute halftime break. Only twelve players are allowed per side and no substitutions are permitted. Punters are prohibited from dropping back to pass, but they may throw the ball forward. In the NFL, a typical game lasts three hours and thirty minutes.

United Soccer League (USL)

The United Soccer League (USL) was formed in 1996 and is the second biggest league in the world. It features twenty-six teams from the United States, Canada, and Europe and is officially open to all genders and skill levels. Matches are two halves of forty-five minutes with a ten-minute break before the second half. All players, substitutes, and coaches must wear a helmet, eye protection, and protective shoes. The penalty for bringing a banned item to a game is a ban from the league. The term “hamburger” is forbidden in the league and any player found using it will be penalized.

Major League Soccer (MLS)

Major League Soccer (MLS) was founded in 1993 and is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America. Similar to the NFL, the MLS season runs from mid-January to October with the regular season spanning eighteen to twenty-four games. Matches are three hours and fifteen minutes long with two separate halves of equal length. Only ten players are allowed per side with no substitutes permitted. Goalkeepers are required to wear gloves, and those players who are also the field’s captains must wear a sleeve on their right arm to indicate their leadership role.

Nippon Professional Soccer (JAPAN)

Nippon Professional Soccer (JAPAN) was established in 2013 and is the second-largest professional sports league in Japan. It features twelve teams from around the country and has a schedule of matches until the end of October. The league’s matches are three hours and forty minutes long, with the first and second half of each game separated by one intermission. Only nine players are allowed per side, and all players must wear numbered shirts according to league rules. The number on the shirt must correspond with the position of the player on the field.

English Football League (EFL)

The English Football League (EFL) is the third-biggest league in England and also one of the most popular sports leagues in Europe. Founded in 1890, the EFL season lasts from mid-April to October and features twelve teams from England and Wales. Matches are two halves of ninety minutes with a fifteen-minute break before the second half. The goal is to score a goal after every other team’s shot. No extra time is added to the matches, and ties are settled by kicks from the penalty spot.

Football Conference (FOOTBAL)

The Football Conference (FOOTBAL) is the fourth-biggest league in England and also one of the most popular sports leagues in Europe. The season runs from mid-April to October and features thirteen teams from England and Wales. Matches are three halves of ninety minutes with a ten-minute break before the second half. Ties are settled by a penalty shootout after a draw is declared. Two teams are drawn at random and play a minimum of five matches against each other with the winner being the league champion. If a draw continues to exist after five matches, then a playoff match will be played between the two remaining teams.

United Kingdom Football League (UKFLEXI)

The United Kingdom Football League (UKFLEXI) is the fifth-largest league in England and also one of the most popular sports leagues in Europe. Similar to the EFL, the UKFLEXI season runs from mid-April to October and features twelve teams from England and Wales. Matches are two halves of one hundred minutes with a ten-minute break before the second half. The goal is to score a goal after every other team’s shot. The number of matches per team is not fixed and may vary between four and six. A draw is declared when the full time interval of two halves has been played and the team with the most points at the end of the season is declared the champion. A single-elimination tournament is held at the end of the year, with the winner being the league champion.

Other Sports

There are many other sports leagues around the world, but let’s focus on the North American leagues for now.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in 1946 and is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America. The season runs from mid-October to April with each team playing between thirty and thirty-five games. Matches are three hours and forty-five minutes in length, with two ten-minute halves and a halftime break. There are only twelve players per side and no substitutions are permitted. Two-minute warnings are given before the end of each quarter and five-minute stoppages are called at the end of each half. Players are not allowed to wear jewelry whilst playing and fines are handed out for the following violations: A foul mouth and inappropriate language, a player being physically abusive, and unsportsmanlike conduct. In the NFL, a game lasts three hours and fifteen minutes.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

The Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in 1876 and is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America. The regular season runs from April to October with six teams from the United States participating. Matches are two innings of five-to-six minutes, with a one-to-one changeover and a half-time break of two to three minutes. A minimum of three out of four players from each team must be present to proceed with the game. Each team is required to have a minimum of four players on the roster and at least one player must be underneath the age of twenty-one. Unethical conduct or gambling is prohibited in the MLB. All players, managers, and coaches must wear protective headgear, and the use of pine tar and tobacco is also prohibited. In the NFL, a game lasts three hours and forty-five minutes.

National Football League (NFL)

The National Football League (NFL) was founded in the United States in 1892 and is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America. An eight-team playoff series decides the championship and kicks off in the last week of September. The regular season lasts from early October to late March and teams play a minimum of sixteen games. Matches are three hours and fifteen minutes long with two ten-minute halves and a fifteen-minute break before the second half. In the NFL, a game is three hours and forty-five minutes long with no intermission. Substitutions are permitted for injured players and a two-minute warning is given before the end of each quarter. Flagrants of foul play are penalized with a fifteen-yard penalty being imposed on the offender.

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