Saturday, January 12, 2008

Soccer's Field of Play a.k.a. the Pitch - Part 2

The Penalty Area

A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows:

Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 18 yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 18 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area.

Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 12 yards from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of 10 yards from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.


A flagpost, not less than 5 feet high, with a non-pointed top and flag is placed at each corner. Flagposts may also be placed at each end of the halfway line, not less than 1 yard outside the touch line.

The Corner Arc

A quarter circle with a radius of 1 yard from each corner flagpost is drawn inside the field of play.
The soccer ball is placed in any area bounded by this arc and the end lines when a corner kick is done.

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