There are many distances at which an archer could place a target when competing or just practicing. Depending on the person, the target could be placed as close as five yards away from the archer all the way up to 77 yards away. It all depends on the experience of the archer as well as the skill that they have.
For beginner archers as well as young children, the suggested distance for the target is approximately five yards away from the archer. When competing in indoor competitions, the recommended target distance for beginners is 20 yards away but competitors can also place the target as far as 32 yards away from them. These distances seem very far when thinking about it, but these distances are nothing compared to the distances that are used by Olympic and expert level archers.
In the Olympics and expert level competitions the appropriate target distance is 77 yards away, or 70 meters. The distances used also vary depending on the level and specific type of archery being played. For example, in field archery, the distances are different for different targets.
Outdoor field archery uses distances anywhere from 10 to 80 yards while indoor field archery use a target distance of 20 yards during their competition. Since field archery is supposed to simulate hunting situations, the target distances are changed throughout the competition in order to simulate many different situations.