I have read through the FIFA laws of the game and can see that the half time interval says:

Half-time interval Players are entitled to an interval at half-time. The half-time interval must not exceed 15 minutes. Competition rules must state the duration of the half-time interval. The duration of the half-time interval may be altered only with the consent of the referee.

We play amateur U18 football in the UK, with 45 minutes per half. I have looked through our leagues handbook and can find no mention of the duration.

Is it reasonable for the referee to insist on only 5 minutes half time interval?

The above rule was taken from the FA laws of the game.

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Yes, but for normal the ref asks both teams if they're ok with it.

On the otherside, if it's realy cold weather mostly the teams asking the ref for a shorter halftime interval.

(If the ref blows the whistle after only 5min halftime interval, it's easy to max it for another 5min.)


Not more than fifteen minutes but not less than five minutes

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    Do you have a reference for this information?
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 9:25

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