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1. The stadium game clock is official. In case
it stops or is operating incorrectly, the Line Judge
takes over the official timing on the field.
2. Each period is 15 minutes. The intermission
between the periods is two minutes. Halftime is
12 minutes, unless otherwise specified.
3. On charged team time outs, the Field Judge starts
watch and blows whistle after 1 minute 50 seconds,
unless television does not utilize the time for
commercial. In this case the length of the time
out is reduced to 40 seconds.
4. The Referee will allow necessary time to attend
to an injured player, or repair a legal player’s
5. Each team is allowed three time outs each half.
6. Time between plays will be 40 seconds from the
end of a given play until the snap of the ball for
the next play, or a 25-second interval after certain
administrative stoppages and game delays.
7. Clock will start running when ball is snapped
following all changes of team possession.
8. With the exception of the last two minutes of
the first half and the last five minutes of the
second half, the game clock will be restarted following
a kickoff return, a player going out of bounds on
a play from scrimmage, or after declined penalties
when appropriate on the referee’s signal.
9. Consecutive team time outs can be taken by opposing
teams but the length of the second time out will
be reduced to 40 seconds.
10. When, in the judgment of the Referee, the level
of crowd noise prevents the offense from hearing
its signals, he can institute a series of procedures
which can result in a loss of team time outs or
a five-yard penalty against the defensive team.