The pitch can vary in size with professional and international matches requiring slightly different variations. In this tutorial, we will learn about the dimensions of a regulation soccer pitch required to play a match. We will refer to all levels of play.
The Laws of the game also define a minimum and maximum for the length of the goal lines. The minimum is 45 meters (50 yards) and the maximum length of the goal lines is 90 m (100 yds).
The touchlines and goal lines make up the field of play. The field of play is a rectangular shape that can have a minimum and maximum length and width. To summarize, the goal lines measure 45-90 m (50-100 yds) and the touchlines measure 90-120 m (100-130 yds). Each touchline and goal line must be placed equal distances apart, ensuring the integrity of the pitch shape.
The center circle has a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds). This means that the diameter of the center circle is 18.3 m (20 yds) and has a circumference of 57.642 m (62.8 yds). The center mark is in the middle of the center circle.
The technical area should be at most 1 meter (1 yard) from the sideline. The coach, players, substitutes, and team doctors reside in this area.
The sides of the penalty area measure 16.5 m (18 yds). There is a small dot called the penalty mark that is in the middle of the penalty area. The penalty mark is placed 11 m (12 yds) from the goal post.