Playing Surface (The Pitch)
A name for the playing surface of a soccer game, also known as a soccer field. It includes areas on the field such as the goals, field of play, sidelines, end lines, goal lines, penalty arc, penalty box, penalty area, and more.
Since its inception, soccer has been played on grass, the natural surface. The surface, or field, is often called the pitch.
Today, many modern fields may also use an artificial surface such as turf. While there have been concerns in recent years over safety of playing and sliding on turf, both are still widely used.