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What Is The Length Of A high School Football Game?

Frequently asked questions about High School Football


Coming from the perspective of a Sports Photographer, the average High School Football game will probably last just over 2 hours but can be as long as 3 hours or as short as an hour and 45 minutes.  This will largely depend on if both teams run or pass the ball more (Run heavy games usually move faster because the clock rarely stops).  For a more literal definition of how long a High School Football game can last, let’s discuss the official times:

Varsity Football

  • 12 Minute Quarters
  • 10-20 Minute Halftime

Junior Varsity Football

  • 10 or 12 minute Quarters (Usually 10)
  • 10 -20 Minute Halftime

When Does A High School Football Season Start?

Most High School Football Seasons will start in August but there are several states with September starts.  

August 4th- Hawaii.

August 11:  Alaska.

Aug 18: Georgia, Arizona Kentucky, Indiana, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin.

August 25th: Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia.

August 31st: Minnesota  (Or Sept 1st).

Sept 1st:  Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana.   

Sept 8th- Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

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