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Soccer Pitch Lines

What are the lines on a soccer pitch? Where is the byline, endline, halfway line, and touchline? Get ready to learn about the lines and markings on the soccer field.


There are four main lines on a soccer pitch that you should know as a player or fan. These lines are used to denote out of bounds, set the spot for the kickoff, cornerbacks, and much more. Here are the lines of the pitch we'll cover:

  1. Touchline
  2. End line (also known as the byline)
  3. Goal line
  4. Halfway line

The Touchlines

The touchlines are the longer lines on the soccer pitch's rectangular shape. If the ball goes past one of the touchlines then play stops and the team that didn't touch it last is awarded a throw in. We will learn more about throw ins in future tutorials.

PRO TIP: You will sometimes hear of a touchline ban given to coaches or players, meaning that they are not allowed on the pitch for a match, as most dugouts are on one touchline of a pitch.

Soccer Touchline

The End Lines

The end lines, also known as bylines, run along the short end of the rectangular pitch. They run on both sides of the goal line. They also form part of the boundary lines of the soccer pitch. Together, the touchlines and end lines form the field of play.

Soccer End line

The Midfield Line

The midfield line divides the soccer pitch and the center circle into two equal halves. It is also known as the halfway line. On kick off, each team must be on their respective half of the pitch.

Soccer Midfield Line

The Goal Lines

There is a goal line on each end of the rectangular pitch. It's used to describe the line inside of the net and goal that is used to determine if a goal is scored. If the ball crosses the goal line into the net then a goal is awarded. These lines are also part of a soccer pitch's boundary lines.

REMEMBER: The ball must completely pass the goal line for a goal to count. A goal will not count if the ball is partially over the goal line

Soccer Goal Line

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