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  Difference between NBA and FIBA rules


RULE
FIBA
NBA
NCAA
Duration of Game
Four, 10 minute periods
Four, 12 minute periods
Two, 20 minute halves
Overtime Duration
5 minutes
5 minutes
5 minutes
Duration Between First-Second and Third-Fourth Periods
2 minutes
130 seconds
not applicable
Length of Halftime
15 minutes
15 minutes
15 minutes
Court Length
91' 10" x 49' 2.5"
94' x 50'
94' x 50'
Size of Lane
19 ' 8.2" x 19' 0.3"
16' x 19'
12' x 19'
Three-Point FG Distance
20' 6.1 "
23' 9" (22' in corner)
19' 9"
Shot Clock
24 seconds
24 seconds
35 seconds
Shot Clock Reset
FG attempt hits rim
FG attempt hits rim
FG attempt hits rim
Back Court Violation
8 seconds
8 seconds
10 seconds
Game Clock Stops After Successful FG
Last 2 minutes of 4th period and overtime
Last 2 minutes of 4th period and overtime
Last minute of second half and last minute of overtime
Player Foul Limit
5
6
5
Bonus Free Throw
5th foul per period (two FTs)
5th foul per period (one-and-one only)
7th foul per half (one-and-one) 10th foul per half (two FTs)
Number of Players Permitted On Free Throw Lane
5 (three defensive, two offensive)
5 (three defensive, two offensive)
6 (four defensive, two offensive)
Jump Ball
Yes
Yes
Teams alternate possession after opening tip-off
Legal Alley-Oop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Touch Ball On/Above Cylinder
Yes
No
No
Closely Guarded For 5 Seconds
Yes (while holding the ball)
No
Yes (while holding the ball)
Number of Referees
Two (three can be used in competitions if the Zone or host federation wish to)
Three
Three
TIMEOUTS-GAME
Non-Televised Game
1 60-second in each of the first three periods, 2 60-second in 4th period
6 full, 1 20-second per half
4 75-second and 2 30-second per game
Televised Game
1 60-second in each of the first three periods, 2 60-second in 4th period
6 full, 1 20-second per half
1 60-second, 4 30-second per game; unused 60-second and max of 3 unused 30-second carry over to second half
Timeouts-Overtime
1 additional 60-second
3 additional full
1 additional 30-second timeout and unused second half 30-second timeouts carry over
Timeouts Called By
Coach
Player in game
Head coach or player in game
Size of Basketball
Maximum Circumference
78 cm (30.7")
Around channels
29 1/2" to 29 3/4"
Across channels
29 5/8" to 29 7/8"
Maximum Circumference 30"
Seams 1/4" Max.
Legal Jersey Numbers
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
All numbers
00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 52, 52, 53, 54, 55




Important!!! Please note that some of FIBA rules were changed since time when this article was written. You can check Official FIBA Basketball rules 2010 here, or check James Naismith's original rules here.



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