How Many Fouls To Foul Out In The NBA?


How Many Fouls To Foul Out In The NBA?

In the NBA, fouls are an important part of the game. How many fouls do you need to get before you’re “fouled out” of a game? That depends on a few factors, like the type of foul and when it happened.

Let’s look at the different scenarios in which you can be fouled out of a game in the NBA. 

Number of Fouls Allowed in Regulation Games 

In regulation games, each player is allowed six personal fouls before they are disqualified from playing for the remainder of the game. If a player exceeds this limit, they will be automatically ejected from the game and must leave the court immediately.

However, some are considered more serious than others and can result in immediate disqualification, even if it is not their sixth personal foul. For example, if a player displays unsportsmanlike conduct or receives two technical fouls during one game, they will be disqualified regardless of how many personals they have committed. 

Number of Fouls Allowed During Overtime Games 

The number of personal fouls allowed during overtime games varies depending on how many they have already committed by that point in the game. Players who have already exceeded this limit will be disqualified immediately upon committing their sixth or seventh personal foul—whichever comes first—during overtime play.

If players have already committed five or fewer personal fouls by the start of overtime, they can still commit one additional one before being disqualified from play. 

Additional Rules Regarding Fouls Out

Once a player has been fouled out, they cannot return to play for any reason; however, teams may still substitute players during breaks in play as long as all substitutions occur before any whistle that resets play (e.g., after made baskets).

Teams may also make substitutions after timeouts or injuries without penalty as long as no whistle has been blown to reset play prior to these events taking place. 

What Is A Technical Foul?

A technical foul in the NBA is defined as “any infraction of the rules for which a penalty is assessed against a player or team.” They can be called for various reasons, including unsportsmanlike conduct, delay of game, or illegal defense.

The NBA has two types of technicals: personal and team. Personal technical fouls are those committed by an individual player, while team technical fouls are those committed by a team as a whole.


It pays to know your limits when it comes to basketball! Knowing how many personal fouls you can commit before being disqualified from further play is key in maintaining your eligibility throughout an entire game and avoiding potential ejections due to excessive contact with opponents.

Whether you’re just starting to watch basketball or have years of experience playing the sport, knowing these rules can help you better understand the game of basketball.