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Law 1 Field of Play


The field of play must be rectangular and marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The two longer boundry lines are called touch lines and the two shorter lines are called goal lines. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line, which joins the midpoints of the two touch lines.

Dimensions vary for the 7v7 Mini Soccer pitch, the 9v9 pitch and the 11v11 full size pitch.

Law 1 Field of Play

The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 9.15 metres (10 yards) is marked around it. Marks may be made off the field of play, 9.15 metres (10 yards) from the corner arc and at right angles to the goal lines and the touch lines, to ensure that defending players retreat this distance when a corner kick is being taken. Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 5.5 metres (6 yards) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 5.5 metres (6 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 goal area.
Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 16.5 metres (18 yards) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 16.5 metres (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 11 metres (12 yards) from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of 9.15 metres (10 yards) from the centre of each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.