Josh Koop
February 15, 2023

Houston Dash Game Durations: How Long to Expect?

Are you a fan of the Houston Dash? Do you want to catch the action at their next game, but…

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Are you a fan of the Houston Dash? Do you want to catch the action at their next game, but aren’t sure how long it will last? If so, then you’ve come to the right place!

We’re here to bring you all of the information on how long Houston Dash games typically last.

So keep reading and find out everything you need to know about these exciting soccer matches!

Shell Energy Stadium where the Houston Dash play with the Houston Dash Logo

Quick Basics to NWSL Gameplay

The Houston Dash is part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Games in the NWSL are divided into two 45-minute halves, with a 15-minute halftime break.

Games are officiated by three referees and two assistant referees, with additional video assistant refereeing (VAR) support.

Each team is scheduled for 22 regular-season games in a home-and-away, double-round-robin format.

For fans attending Dash games, it is important to note that bags are not allowed unless they are a certain size.

So far, the quality of officiating in NWSL games has been significantly better than in previous seasons.

How Early Should You Arrive Before the Game?

It’s important to make sure you arrive early for a Houston Dash game. The team has been doing great this season and fans are excited to see them in action!

You can expect the stadium to be busy, so it’s important to arrive early and get settled before the match starts.

The team recommends arriving at least an hour before the start of the match to get through security, find parking, and buy any snacks or drinks you might need.

Additionally, the baseball stadium is across the road so in baseball season you may want to plan even more as traffic can be messy, in that case I tend to take the train over.

Being early also gives you time to explore the nearby EaDo district and take in all the sights and sounds of Houston’s vibrant soccer culture.

With some careful planning, you can make sure you don’t miss a single second of the action, from warmups to the final whistle.

Overview of NWSL Game Length

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is the top professional women’s soccer league in the United States.

Each club in the league plays 24 regular season games, with 12 at home and 12 away. Each match consists of two 45-minute halves, with a 15-minute halftime break.

The NWSL postseason begins with four teams competing in the quarterfinals which then leads to a championship with the top two remaining teams.

NWSL Regulation Length Games

In the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), game length is regulated and set at 90 minutes, with two 45-minute halves.

The match will have bonus time which will extend the match based on any stoppages or delays that may occur during the match, so faking injuries or actual injuries don’t shorten the actual time on the pitch.

Half-time is typically 15 minutes long but can be adjusted if necessary. If a match is tied after 90 minutes, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in order to decide the outcome of the match.

How Long Is Half Time?

Halftime is an integral part of any professional sports game, as it gives fans a chance to catch their breath and gear up for the second half of the match.

During halftime, teams take a 15-minute break, as per NWSL regulations. The break allows players to regroup, discuss tactics, and get some much-needed rest.

Fans can also use this break to purchase snacks and drinks or chat with their friends and family.


In conclusion, Houston Dash games vary in length depending on the type of game and the regulations of the NWSL.

Games can range from a regulation-length 90-minute game to a shorter Challenge Cup game which is just over 70 minutes in length.

In addition, halftime typically lasts for 15 minutes and fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they don’t miss any part of the game.

With these details in mind, Houston Dash fans can plan their trip to Shell Energy Stadium with confidence and excitement for the match ahead.

Josh Koop

Discover Space City is a Houston blog by Josh and Jaime, a married couple that loves to discover new things at home and around the world.