Soccer Field, Soccer Field of Play
The soccer field is a rectangle playing surface often referred to as a pitch.
Soccer Field Diminsions
The soccer field dimensions are defined by Law 1 of the Laws of the Game which are written and maintained by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The soccer field must be between 100 and 150 yards long (90-120 meters) and 50-100 yards wide (45-90 meters).
The soccer field is marked with the following outer boundary lines:
- Touchline (or sidelines) These lines run the length of the soccer field.
- Goal lines run along the width of the soccer field at opposite ends of the pitch.
The soccer field has a center line that stretches across the center to separate the attacking and defending zones. The center circle is marked from the center spot of the field in a 10 yard (9.15 meter) radius.
On either end of the soccer field the penalty area is a rectangle area marked off in front of each goal. The penalty area is measured 18 yards (15.5 meters) from the goal line and extends 18 yards beyond each goal post creating an area approximately 18 yards X 44 yards assuming the use of an 8 yard goal.
The goal area is also marked off in front of each goal. The goal area is measured 6 yards (5.5 meters) from the goal line and 6 yards beyond each goal post creating an area approximately 6 yards X 20 yards.
The soccer field diagram below will show you the measurements of a standard pitch. Remember that not all soccer fields are the same size and will vary depending on the age and number of players playing in the match. For players under 12 years of age, a smaller soccer field is recommended.
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