Soccer games are made up of two 45-minute halves, with a 15-minute halftime break in between.
In the VIDEO ABOVE (and below), Chat Sports' Cam Rogers breaks down how long a soccer match lasts, and gets you up to speed on some other World Cup facts you need to know as we jump head first into the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
Because the game clock doesn't stop, the referee can add on extra time at the end of each half based on how much game time was lost to injuries or other stoppages. This stoppage-time period typically lasts 3-5 minutes, but can be shorter (if the game is a rout, or if no time was lost to stoppages) or longer (if a major injury or other event caused a significant delay).
In real time, an average soccer match lasts for roughly an hour and 50 minutes from kickoff to the final whistle.
World Cup matches likely won't start at the exact time listed (allowing time for pregame festivities), but once the whistle blows, you can expect the game to last about an hour and 50 minutes from start to finish.Back to the Soccer Newsfeed