Lacrosse Field Dimensions
A lacrosse field measures 60 yards wide and 110 yards long. Men's and women's field lacrosse at the college and professional level all have approximately the same size field in terms of the length and width of the outer boundaries. In this section, we will cover the size and dimensions of the key zones in the field of play.
The end lines in lacrosse are 60 yards long. They are connected at each end to the sidelines, which are 110 yards long. Together they form a rectangle that marks the outer boundaries of the field of play. When a player or the ball crosses outside the field of play, it is considered out of bounds and play stops.
Zones within the Field of Play
There are four major zones on a lacrosse field:
- Offensive Area
- Defensive Area
- Wing Areas
- Midfield Area
Offensive and Defensive Areas
The offensive and defensive areas are 40 yards wide by 35 yards long. They are enclosed by the restraining line, the end line and the wing line.
The wing area, also known as the alley, is located ten yards in from the sideline and run perpendicular to the center line. They are ten yards wide and extend the full length of the field.
The midfield area is 40 yards long by 60 yards wide. It is enclosed by opposite restraining lines and the sidelines. It is bisected by the center line. The face-off X is located in the center of the center line, 30 yards in from each sideline.
Goal Area Dimensions
The goal area includes the goal frame and netting, the crease circle, and the goal line extended marking. The goal frame is a six feet tall by six feet wide square, and the frame is centered on the goal line.
The goal line is the vertical plane drawn from the crossbar to the ground. The goal line is 20 yards closer to the end line measured from the restraining line. The goal line is 15 yards away from the endline, creating an area within play behind the goal. The goal netting attached to the goal frame is staked into the ground at a point, seven feet behind the center of the goal line, forming a three-dimensional triangular shape.
The crease circle encloses the goal area, and it has a 9-foot radius.
Goal line extended (GLE) refers to an imaginary line in line with the goal line that runs parallel to the end line and extends out to the sidelines by 20 yards on each side.
Sideline Area Dimensions
The sideline area includes the penalty box, which doubles as the substitution area. The penalty box is 20 yards long by six yards wide, bisected by the center line. It is located in between the sideline and the timekeeper's table.
The coaches and team areas for each team are located adjacent to each end of the penalty box. The coaches area in lacrosse is a section of the field on one side of the center line designated for the coaches and coordinators to coach from the sideline. Official rules state that the coaches area in field lacrosse shall be 15-20 yards in length. The team bench in lacrosse is the area where the substitutes and injured players remain during the game. It is located behind the coaches area away from the sideline. The back of the coaches and team areas are soft boundaries and do not have an official depth.