According to the official FIFA rules, the penalty spot in soccer is 11 meters or 12 yards away from the goal line. This fact is included in Law 1 of FIFA's 17 Laws of the Game.
Law 1, according to FIFA, lists the regulations concerning the field of play in soccer, including the penalty area and the penalty spot or mark. FIFA notes that the distance between the penalty spot and the goal line is measured from the midpoint between the two goalposts. The penalty area in soccer ends at around 16.5 meters or 18 yards into the field of play.