What Are the Typical Dimensions and Layout of a Soccer Field?


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A soccer field is typically a rectangle between 100 and 130 yards long and 50 to 100 yards wide, with a halfway line, a center circle, two penalty areas, two goal areas and two goals. The penalty and goal areas are rectangular boxes extending 6 yards and 18 yards, respectively, from the goal lines at each end. The goals are 8 feet tall and 24 feet wide. The perimeter of the center circle is 10 yards from the halfway line.

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A typical soccer field has a touchline that defines each side of the playable area and a goal line at each end. The portions of the goal lines located outside of the goalposts are called bylines.

The halfway line splits the field in two, and the center circle is located at the midpoint of the halfway line. All chalk lines on the field are equally wide and are no wider than 5 inches.

The top of each penalty area contains a small arc known as "the D," which has a radius of 10 yards with a mark known as the penalty spot at its center. The penalty spot is 12 yards from the goal.

Arc lines for corner kicks are within 1 yard of the corner. Optional lines located 10 yards from the arc mark how far opposing players must be from the corner during these kicks.

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