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Soccer Field Dimensions

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Introduction

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.

Soccer Pitch
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Touchline Dimensions (Bylines)

According too FIFA and the Laws of The Game, the touchlines must be a minimum of 90 meters (100 yards) to a maximum of 120 m (130 yds).

Soccer Touchline

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Goal Line Dimensions

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).

Soccer Goal Line
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Field of Play Dimensions

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.

Soccer Field of Play
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Center Circle Dimensions

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.

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Soccer Goal Dimensions

The dimensions of a soccer goal are 7.32 m (8 yds) wide by 2.44 m (8ft) tall. The posts are place at the edges of this distance. The goal posts must have a width that is less than 12 cm (5 ins)

Soccer Goal
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Technical Area Dimensions

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.

Soccer Technical Area
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Flag Posts Dimensions

The flag posts are placed at each corner of the pitch and can optionally be placed on both ends of the halfway line. These flags stand 1.5 m (5ft) tall.

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Penalty Area Dimensions

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.

Soccer Penalty Area
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Goal Area Dimensions

The goal area is inside of the penalty area and is shaped very much like it. The sides of the goal area are 5.5 m (6 yds) and branch out from the goal line.

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Corner Dimensions

The corners are used by players to take corner kicks. The corners consist of a quarter-circle that measures 1 m (1 yd) in radius.

Soccer Corner
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