Rule 3 – Section 2 – Article 1 – Length of Periods and Intermissions
The normal total playing time in a game shall be 48 minutes, divided into four periods of 12 minutes each, with one-minute intermissions between the first and second periods (first half) and between the third and fourth periods (second half) (Exception: A one- minute intermission between the first and second and the third and fourth periods may be extended for radio and television timeouts). Competitions or national federations may adopt regulations to set the maximum playing time in a game to 60, 48, 40 or 32 minutes, provided the four periods are of equal length.
a. No period shall end until the ball is dead and the referee declares the period ended [S14].
Rule 3 – Section 3 – Article 4 – Charged Team Timeouts
When timeouts are not exhausted, an official shall allow a charged team timeout when requested by any player or head coach when the ball is dead.
e. A player, incoming substitute or head coach may request a head coach’s conference with the referee if the coach believes a rule has been enforced improperly. If the rule enforcement is not changed, the coach’s team will be charged a timeout, or a delay penalty if all timeouts have been used.
- A request for a head coach’s conference or video review must be made before the ball is snapped or free-kicked for the next play and before the end of the second or fourth period (Rule 5-2-9).
Rule 11 – Section 1 – Article 1 – Jurisdiction
The officials’ jurisdiction begins 60 minutes before the scheduled kickoff and ends when the referee declares the score final [S14].