Law 7 - Duration of the Game

The duration of the game shall be two equal periods of 45 minutes, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon, subject to the following:

  1. Allowance shall be made in either period for all time lost through substitution, the transport from the field of injured players, time-wasting or other cause, the amount of which shall be a matter for the discretion of the referee.

  2. Time shall be extended to permit a PK being taken at or after the expiration of the normal period in either half.

At half-time the interval shall not exceed five minutes except by consent of the referee.

Decisions of the International F.A. Board

  1. If a match has been stopped by the referee, before the completion of the time specified in the rules, for any reason stated in Law 5, it must be replayed in full unless the rules of the competition concerned provide for the result of the match at the time of such stoppage to stand.

  2. Players have a right to an interval at half-time.

[Rules.] [Law 6: The Linesmen.] [Law 8: The Start of Play.]