On the other hand, there are varying periods of time in quarters, which are determined according to the level of competition. Hence, the game has to differ by the level of competition. Under the NBA rules, a quarter is officially 12 minutes, while the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) uses a 10 minute quarter. NCAA matches follow a two-half format that takes 20 minutes each.
Although the play’s total time is 40 minutes, unlike the college basketball league, the sessional division is distributed into four quarters. Each quarter runs for 10 minutes. In the beginning, the College Women’s League committee considered keeping it in two halves for 20 minutes.
Other basketball leagues typically have four quarters of varying lengths. College basketball has a long and storied history, and the game has been played with a first and second half since the rules became formalized. Each half is 20 minutes long, so non-overtime games have 40 minutes of playing time. While international basketball games last 40 minutes, they are broken down into 10-minute quarters.
High School - High school basketball games are made up of four 8-minute quarters or two 16-minute halves. College - NCAA college basketball games consists of two 20 minute halves. This is the same for the WNBA and international games. NBA - NBA games are made up of four 12-minute quarters.
It is the actual duration of gameplay. Moreover, in middle-school and high-school level games, this time is divided into four quarters that are 8 to 12 minutes long. Furthermore, college and NCAA level games include two halves instead of four quarters lasting 32 to 48 minutes.
The NBA has four 12 minute quarters (48 minutes in total) and the NCAA goes with two 20-minute halves (40 minutes in total). FIBA also uses four 10 minutes quarters to perfectly match the NCAA’s total time.
Each overtime period is five minutes long. NCAA women’s college games are played in four 10-minute quarters just like WNBA games are. Both take about two hours from start to finish. Most high school basketball games in the United States are played in 8-minute quarters, but that varies from state to state.