The governing body of international soccer, the International Federation of Association Football, dictates that a pitch must have a minimum length of 100 yards or a maximum length of 130 yards and a width between 50 and 100 yards.
The shape of the pitch must be rectangular in shape, with the length greater than the width. The size of the fields used varies from region to region but always remains within the limitations imposed by sport's governing rules. English pitches are known for being smaller than their South American counterparts. The amount of space used influences the overall style of the teams playing. Larger fields emphasize greater ball movement.