FIBA Basketball Rules



FIBA basketball rules have many differences from the NBA and NCAA basketball rules.


1. Duration of game: four 12 minute periods
2. Overtime: 5 minutes
3. Length of halftime: 15 minutes
4. Duration between periods: 2 minutes

5. Shot clock: 24 seconds
6. Shot clock reset: when field goal attempt hits rim

7. Back court violation: ball must be in front court within 8 seconds
8. Game clock: stops after successful field goal during last two minutes of the 4th period and overtime

9. Player foul limit: 5
10. Bonus free throw: after 5th foul per period, player gets two free throws
11. Number of players permitted on the free throw lane: 5 (three defensive and two offensive players)

12. Jump ball: yes
13. Legal alley-oop: yes
14. Touch ball on or above cylinder: yes
15. Closely guarded for 5 seconds: yes while holding the ball
16. Number of referees: two, but three can be used in competition if the Zone or host federation wish to


17. Traveling:
a. Player with the ball cannot move both feet without dribbling
b. Player cannot dribble with both hands
c. Player cannot hold the ball between dribbles

18. Technical foul:
a. Can be called for arguing with a referee or fighting with another player
b. Penalty results in free throw

19. Timeouts - FIBA basketball rules:
a. Non televised game: one 60 second in each of the first three periods and two 60 second timeouts in the 4th period
b. Televised game: same as non televised game
c. Overtime: one additional 60 second timeout
d. Timeouts called by: coach

20. Equipment - FIBA basketball rules:
a. Legal jersey numbers: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
b. Size of basketball: maximum circumference 78 cm (30.7")
c. Court length: 91' 10" x 49' 2.5"
d. Three point field goal distance: 20' 6.1"

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