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How Many Yards Wide Is A Football Field?

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How Many Yards Wide is a Football Field?

A traditional football field is 53 1/3 yards (160 feet) wide. Unlike other sports, these dimensions of the football field are uniform across all age and league levels of the sport, including high school, college, and in the NFL. This large width leaves plenty of room for players like wide receivers to line up at a distance from the offensive line and also allows plenty of space for receivers to run various routes in an attempt to get open.

NFL Football Field Dimensions

An NFL football field is 120 yards (360 feet) long and 53 1/3 yards (160 feet) wide. From one goal line to the other, the field is 100 yards (300 feet) long. After taking into account both end zones, which are 10 yards deep each, the total length of the field is 120 yards or 360 feet. Due to the large size of the field, players should have excellent cardiovascular skills because with a long field comes the potential for long running and receiving plays.

FAQ

How wide is a football field in feet?

A standard football field is 160 feet wide. This equates to 53 1/3 yards in total width. Some informal youth fields may feature a smaller width, but all high school, college, and pro fields are a total of 53 1/3 yards wide.

Are all football fields the same width?

While there can theoretically be some differences in width when it comes to informal fields, all standard fields have the same width. This means the fields used in high school, college, the NFL, other pro leagues, and even rec areas/facilities will feature a width of 53 1/3 yards.

Have football fields always been the same size?

Regulation football fields have always been the same size since the inception of the NFL in 1920, but there was a time prior to the league when football fields were not the same size as they are today. While the width of the field has always been constant at 53 1/3 yards, early football fields were actually 110 yards long, as opposed to 120, and did not feature end zones. However, end zones were eventually added in 1912, along with a shortening of the field of play to 100 yards, resulting in the regulation field we know today.

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