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What Is The Length Of A high School Football Game in 2022?

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 starting with How Long A high School Football Quarter Lasts:

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 in 2022? (By State)

A lot of people new to Highschool Football don’t really even know how long a typical season will last.  Heck, I didn’t before I became a football photographer.  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

How Much Does a High School Football Coach Make in 2022?

As of August 8th, 2018, the average salary for a High School Football Coach was about $45,862 per Year.  This can be a bit deceiving though because there are some coaches actually making upwards of $87,000 a year, while others on the low end are hitting $16,000 per year.  So, it’s not what most coaches make, it’s simply the average in a field that seems to have a lot of disparity.  A significant amount of High School Football Coaches, if you happen to be looking for a job, are going to land between $27,000 and $55,000.  

Most salaries (According to Zip Recruiter) seem to vary based on years of experience and location.  The biggest shocker to me is that Florida apparently ranks 49th our of 50 for average salaries?  Someone needs to explain that one since this state pumps out so much college and NFL talent.

What Should You Wear To A high School Football Game in 2022

Question seems a bit odd I know, but people have asked!  So, from my time attending High School football games I would say you dress as you would for any sport.  Find some team clothes, from the two schools attending, or even pro teams, and your set.  You will likely have two sets of attendees:  Teens and Parents.  You really can’t go wrong being trendy or old fashioned lol.

What Size Is A High School Football in 2022

High School Footballs

Your Junior Varsity and Youth Football players will soon be an “adult” and therefore will need a football to match his (Or Her) growing hand size and skill at the next level (High School). High school footballs made by most manufacturers are built to standards outlined by the NFHS and NCAA. From this point forward, the footballs will roughly be the same size.

  • Typical Age: 14+ years old (9-12th grade)
  • Average Weight: 14-15 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 27.75 to 28.5 inches
  • Short Circumference: 20.75 to 21.125 inches

As a reference point, College Football Sizes are:

  • Average Weight: 14-15 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 27.75 to 28.5 inches
  • Short Circumference: 20.75 to 21.25 inches

More Questions Coming Soon, And Feel Free To Ask Your Own!