Women's soccer is played for 2 halves at 45 minutes with 15 minute break in between, just like men https://yoursoccerhome.com/how-long-is-a-womens-soccer-game/

Yet, men have to play best of 5 sets in tennis, whereas women play best of 3. Is this the only sport which has less stamina requirements for women?

  • 1
    The "why" part is covered by this duplicate so I'll remove that bit from the question.
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 15:22

2 Answers 2


In athletics:


Sure, lots of sports have different rules related to timing, though I'd note that it's unclear how much this is due to stamina versus money/historical interest. Stamina is not straightforward question between men and women (see: extreme long distance running, women hold the records, not men).

Softball is 7 innings versus baseball being 9 innings.

WNBA periods are 10 minutes, 40 minute games while NBA periods are 12 minutes, 48 minute games.

Golf could be another one here - while the "length" of the game is the same, moving the tees forward makes it a shorter game (or rather, aims to make it the same length-of-time instead of longer).

  • I'd say the basketball one is more the NBA being anomalous - FIBA rules are 4x10 minutes for men as well.
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 15:45
  • 1
    @PhilipKendall It is, nonetheless, an example of men's and women's sports being different at the same level :). Tennis in fact is not different there either - ATP is 3 sets for both, and ITF does not differentiate men/women in allowing 3 or 5 sets.
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 15:46
  • 1
    (And yes, I know baseball and softball are technically different sports, and men can play softball - player here! - but at the professional level, for historical reasons, softball is "girls baseball".)
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 15:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.