Soccer Penalty Box

soccer penalty box

The penalty box is the large rectangle extended around the goal at either end of the pitch. This is the area where the goalkeeper is allowed to use his hands, and any fouls committed by the defending team will result in a penalty kick.

Penalty kicks, also called penalties, are taken within the penalty box. The penalty box is an area that surrounds the goal, sometimes referred to as the 18-yard box. This is because the lines that make up the box are 18 yards to either side of the goal and away from it.

There are three main lines and part of the penalty box: the penalty spot, the goal line, and the D or Penalty Arc.