FIFA, the international body of soccer, dictates that fields must be 100 to 130 yards long by 50 to 100 yards wide. FIFA adopted the large range to satisfy different nations' preferred styles of play.
Other vital markings and dimensions on a playing field require more exact dimensions. Each goal is 24 feet wide, while the length requirement is 8 feet. A 6-yard box and an 18-yard box are located in front of each goal, creating the penalty area. A goalie may only use her hands within the 18-yard box. A small mark 12 yards in front of the center of each goal indicates the location for a penalty kick. Corner kicks occur in a small arc found in each corner of the field. A mid-field line divides the field into each team's offensive and defensive zones.