Friday, January 11, 2008

Soccer's Field of Play a.k.a. the Pitch - Part 1

This entry is for educational purposes. My goal is to communicate the official FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) standards and disseminate it to interested, curious and wanting to learn readers. All information contained in this series were taken from "Official Rules of Soccer" as approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Field Markings

The field of play in football (soccer) is marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries.

The two longer boundary lines are called goal lines.
All lines are not more than 5 inches wide.
The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line.
The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 10 yards is marked around it.

The Goal Area

A goal area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 6 yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 6 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines is the goal area.

Coming next in this series are the penalty area, flagposts and the corner arc.

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