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The Football Field

Our children love football, but have you every wonder “how big a football pitch is”?

The football pitch is flexible in size, it is 100–130 yards (90-120m) long and 50-100 yards (45-90m) wide.  In international play the field dimensions are a bit stricter in that the length must be 100-120 years (100-110m) long and 70-80 yards (64-75m) wide.

These may be the official rules, but many kid’s football games are played on even smaller fields than the minimum.  Even though the lengths and widths are flexible, other areas of the field are generally fixed in size.
The goal is positioned at the end of the field and is 8 yards wide and 8 feet high.  The nets are there to catch the ball and it helps the referee to determine if a goal was scored.

The field boundary is drawn with lines, the lines on the sides, or the long side of the field, are called the touch lines/side lines. The lines at the end of the field are called the end lines or goal lines.

In the middle of the field is the centre line which cuts the field in half and it has a center circle, the center circle is 10 yards in diameter.

The goal area is a box that extends 6 yards out from the goal posts and free kicks are taken from this spot.  Penalty area is a box that extends 18 yards out from the goal posts and in this area the goalkeeper may use his/her hands.  Also, any penalty by the defense in this area will result in a penalty kick from the penalty mark.

Penalty mark is the spot where the ball is placed for penalty kicks, it is at the center of the goal and 12 yards away from the goal line.  The penalty arc is the small arc at the top of the penalty box, players, other than the goalkeeper and kicker, may not enter this area during a penalty kick.

At each corner of the field there is a flag post and a corner arc, the arc is 1 yard in diameter.  The ball must be placed within this arc for corner kicks and the flag posts must be at least 5 feet tall to prevent injury.

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