Soccer Field Dimensions/Markings (Pro/School/Youth)

The size of a soccer field can vary and teams use different sizes to suit their style of play. A small field can restrict an opponent from playing their natural game.

The size of a soccer field has guidelines, so you can select a size of field within those boundaries. We’ll take a look at the specifics for all levels later on.

Here are some of the key points we’ll cover in this article;

  • Surface Types of soccer fields
  • How a soccer field is marked
  • The dimensions of a soccer field for all ages
  • Goal frames and technical areas

All the information you’re about to discover are from the official sources, so you’ll know exactly how big a soccer field is, so you’ll be able to set up a soccer field for youth, school, college and pro.

Soccer Field Infographic - Lines/Areas/Positions
Soccer Field Infographic – Lines/Areas/Positions

Soccer Field Surface

The soccer field can be either natural turf, artificial turf, or a combination of the two. The color needs to be green.

The quality of the field for a FIFA competition game needs to be of the standard of the FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf.

This is unless it’s given permission by the International Football Association Board.

The majority of soccer fields in the Premier League are now a combination of natural and artificial turf. This is to prevent the field from being damaged during the winter months when there’s heavy rain and less heat.

This has only been the case in the last 10 years. Before this soccer fields were difficult to play on, as heavily used areas like the penalty box became muddy during the winter and fall months.

Line marker for a soccer field
Line marker for a soccer field

How a Soccer Field is Marked

The field must be marked to show the sections in a continuous line. The lines must be of the same thickness. The thickness of the lines should not be more than 12cm wide.

There are various precisely measured marks, all chalked in white, within the soccer field’s outer edges.

These are hand-painted and frequently require at least two layers to achieve the desired brightness. On game days, they are commonly repainted following the final cutting of the turf just a few hours before kick-off.

The touchlines are the two more extensive boundary lines, while the goal lines are the shorter lines. A midway line connects the center points of the two touch lines, dividing them into two halves.

The areas of a soccer field that are to be marked are;

  • Touchlines
  • halfway line
  • Center mark
  • Center circle
  • Corner arks
  • Goal lines same width as posts + crossbar
  • Lines less than 12 cm/5 inches

According to the International Football (Soccer) Association Board — a regulatory body that develops soccer laws;

A soccer field must be rectangular and demarcated with unbroken lines.

IFAB Law 1 – The Field Of Play
Soccer Field Markings From Above
Soccer Field Markings From Above

Halfway Line and Center Circle

The midway of the halfway line is where the center mark is located. It is surrounded by a circle whose radius measures 9.15 meters.

To ensure that defensive players stay away from the ball during a corner kick, marks are made 9.15m away from the corner arc and perpendicularly to the goal lines and touchlines. All the lines are no wider than 12cm.

What Happens If Someone Changes The Marks on a Soccer Field?

It has happened in the past where a player has deliberately ‘scuffed’ the goal spot to make a hole before a penalty has been taken. They’ve done this to distract a player and it can also cause the ball to shoot up over the bar.

Here are the official rules if someone tries to change the marks on a soccer field.

A player who makes unauthorized marks on the field of play must be cautioned for unsporting behavior. If the referee notices this being done during the match, the player is cautioned when the ball next goes out of play.

IFAB

Take a look at this video from the German league where the goalkeeper cuts up the turf with his cleats!

What if A Different Sport Has Been Played on The Same Field?

Sometimes in the UK rugby is played on a soccer field the previous week to when a soccer game is being played. A rugby field is marked out differently than soccer. It’s difficult to remove the white chalk from the field, so they can be painted a different color.

Here’s the official rule of different marks on a soccer field;

If a field is marked by a different game, those lines need to be a different color and you must be able to tell they’re not a part of the game.

Are Soccer Fields Bigger than Football Fields?

Some soccer fields are smaller than football fields and some are larger. An American soccer field is 120 yards long and 53 yards wide. The smallest a soccer field can be is 100 yards long and 50 yards wide. The biggest it can be is 130 yards long and 100 yards wide.

If you’ve ever raced laps, you’ve undoubtedly grumbled about how big soccer fields are. There are allowed ranges for the length and width of a soccer pitch, according to FIFA regulations.

Surprisingly, most sports fields are larger than traditional American or Canadian football fields.

  • The usual width of an American football field is 53 1/3 yards, but Canadian football fields are marginally larger at 65 yards.

Thus, whereas a football field fits within the dimensions of a soccer field, a soccer pitch will almost certainly be bigger than a football field.

What Are The Dimensions Of A Soccer Field?

A full-size field can range in width from 50 to 100 yards and length from 100 to 130 yards.

Here are the soccer field dimensions for all measurement types.

11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions in Yards

WidthLength
Minimum (Yards)50100
Maximum (Yards) 100130
Soccer Field Dimensions – Yards
  • The minimum area in square yards is: 5,000 sq. yd.
  • The maximum area in square yards is: 13,000 sq. yd.

11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions in Meters

WidthLength
Minimum (Meters)4590
Maximum (Meters) 90120
Soccer Field Dimensions – Meters
  • The minimum area in square yards is: 4,050 sq. m.
  • The maximum area in square yards is: 10,800 sq. m.

11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions in Feet

WidthLength
Minimum (Feet)147295
Maximum (Feet) 295394
Soccer Field Dimensions – Feet
  • The minimum area in square yards is: 43,365 sq. ft.
  • The maximum area in square yards is: 116,230 sq. ft.

11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions in Inches

WidthLength
Minimum (Inches)1771.653543.31
Maximum (Inches)3543.314724.41
Soccer Field Dimensions – Inches

International Soccer Field Dimensions

Here are the measurements for games played at the World Cup and all national games.

MetersYards
Length – Touch Line100-110110-120
Width – Goal Line64-7570-80
International Soccer Field Dimensions

US Youth Soccer Field Sizes

Details for all US youth soccer, from under 6’s to under 19’s: US Youth Soccer

AgeGame MinutesBall SizePlayersGoal feetWidth yardsLength
yards
u17-u192 x 45#511 vs 118 x 2450-100100-130
u15-u162 x 40#511 vs 118 x 2450-100100-130
u13-u142 x 35#511 vs 118 x 2450-100100-130
u11-u122 x 30#49 vs 97 x 2145-7070-80
u9-u102 x 25#47 vs 76 x 18.535-4555-65
u6-u84 x 10#34 vs 44 x 615-2525-35
US Youth Soccer Field Sizes

High School Soccer Field Dimensions

The dimensions for a soccer field for the United States high schools are the same as above for the center circle, penalty area, goal area, penalty spot, and corner arks.

The only difference is the length of the touchline and the goal line.

Minimum YardsMaximum Yards
Length – Touchline100120
Width – Goal line5580
High School Soccer Field Dimensions

Indoor Soccer Field Dimensions

The recommended size of a US indoor soccer field is 67 yards long and 28 yards wide. The penalty mark is 8 yards from the goal.

The goals are 8 feet by 14 feet. This is from the Ohio High School Soccer Association.

The goal area is not a standard international shape, so check against your local competition regulations.

Minimum YardsMaximum Yards
Length – Touchline5870
Width – Goal line2533
Indoor Soccer Field Dimensions

Futsal Field Dimensions

Futsal field dimensions for the United States from U.S. Futsal;

MinimumMaximum
Width – yards1627
Length – yards2745
Futsal Field Dimensions

International futsal field dimensions from Wikipedia;

MinimumMaximum
Width – yards21.927.3
Length – yards41.545.9
International Futsal Field Dimensions

Soccer Field vs NFL Football Field: Comparison

Soccer FieldFootball Field
Width – yards50-10053.33
Length – yards100-130100 (120 apexes)
Soccer Field vs NFL Football Field Size Comparison

Goal Area Size

The goal area, sometimes known as the 6-yard box is measured from the goalposts, 6 yards or 5.5 meters parallel to the goal line.

At 6 yards/5.5m of the inside of every goalpost, two lines are drawn perpendicularly to the goal line. These lines extend 6 yards/5.5 meters into the playing field and are connected by a line drawn straight to the goal line.

The goal area is defined as the region limited by this line and the goal line – where the goal kick is taken from.

Penalty Area Size and Position

The penalty area is 18 yards/16.5 m from inside every goalpost, two lines are drawn at sharp angles to the goal line.

These lines are connected by a line drawn opposite to the goal line, which extends 18 yards/16.5 m into the playing field.

The penalty area is defined as the area between these lines and the goal line. A penalty post is placed 12 yards/11 meters from the midway between the goalposts and equal to them within each penalty area.

Outside of the penalty area, a 10 yard/9.15m diameter arc of a circle is formed from the middle of each penalty mark.

  • From inside of the post the penalty area is measured to 18 yards/16.5 meters
  • The penalty mark is measured from the middle of the goalposts to 12 yards/11 meters
  • Ark – Measured from the penalty mark at 10 yards/9.15 meters

FIFA Soccer Field Dimensions Graphic

Soccer field Dimensions - International Match
International soccer field dimensions – IFAB

Corner Flag

At each corner of the soccer field, the corner flag is a quarter circle and 1 yard from the goal line/touchline. The flagpost should not be shorter than 5 feet/1.5 meters and a flag must be set to have a non-pointed tip.

A flag post can be placed at each end of the midway line if desired. This isn’t required, but it can be done. A flag post must be at least a single yard off the touchline if it is set at the ends of the half-line.

Corner flag area - soccer field dimensions
Corner flag post area dimensions – IFAB

Technical Areas

The technical is for the coaches to give instructions. The measurement must be no wider than 1 yard/1 meter from the seating area and no closer than 1 yard/meter from the touchline.

Only one person is allowed to give instructions from the area at a given time.

Soccer Field Technical Box Coach Area
Soccer Field Technical Box Coach Area

Area Around The Field

A baseline of 1.5m (1.6 yards) of the field beyond the indicated playing area is required. The playing area ought to be 125m × 85m or 120m x 80m.

The exterior of each line is measured, which ought to be no more than 12cm broad and preferably match the width of the goal area.

Soccer Goal Post Dimensions

The height of a soccer goal is 8 feet/2.44 meters and the width is 8 yards/7.32 meters.

Soccer goal dimensions
Soccer goal dimensions – IFAB

The shape of the posts can vary from a square, rectangle, round or elliptical – professionals use round posts.

The width of the goalposts must be the same thickness as the lines – no more than 12 cm/5 inches. Check out these portable goals on Amazon, it only takes 3 minutes to set up!

Soccer goal dimensions - Goal post shapes
Soccer goal post shapes and measurements – IFAB

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Soccer Field FAQ

How many acres are in the soccer field?

1.76 acres.

What is the difference between a soccer field and a soccer pitch?

In the United States, the playing areas are called a field, whereas in the UK they call it a pitch.

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How long is a soccer game?

Soccer games include two 45 minute halves, which is 90 minutes of play. Those who have ever watched a game know that, like many sports, real-time is longer than the match time.
In real-time, the length of a soccer game varies immensely. At the bare minimum, it will be 90 minutes of play + 15 minutes of halftime for a total of 105 minutes.

What is offside in soccer?

The offside rule in soccer is to stop player ‘goal hanging’ – standing near the opposition goal. This also stops soccer from being a long ball game, balls hit from one goal to another.

What are yellow card offenses?

+ Charging an opponent – caution if reckless.
+ Holding an opponent – When the ball is in play and the holding continues.
+ Handling the Ball – When a player handles the ball to break up attacking play. If an attacker + uses their hand to attempt to score a goal.
+ Dangerous play – If a player makes an action that can risk an injury to another player.
+ Impeding the progress of an opponent – If a player holds another player back or blocks a player on purpose, that prevents an attack.
+ Breaking up an attack - where there is the possibility of creating a scoring chance.
+ Simulation - where a player tries to con a referee into thinking that they are injured in order to punish the opponent. If a player tries to make out that they have been fouled.

What are the red card offenses?

+ Serious foul play
+ Violent conduct
+ Spitting at a person
+ Deliberate handball – denying a goal-scoring opportunity
+ Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity
+ Offensive, aggressive, abusive language or gesture
+ Receiving a second caution

Soccer field size, size of goal, number of players and minutes played per age;

+ u17-u19 - Halves 2 x 45 minutes - Number of players 11 vs 11 - Goal Size 8 x 24 - Field size 50-100 by 100-130 yards
+ u15-u16 - Halves 2 x 40 minutes - Number of players 11 vs 11 - Goal Size 8 x 24 - Field size 50- 100 by 100-130 yards
+ u13-u14 - Halves 2 x 35 minutes - Number of players 11 vs 11 - Goal Size 8 x 24 - Field size 50-10 by 100-130 yards
+ u11-u12 - Halves 2 x 30 minutes - Number of players 9 vs 9 - Goal Size 7 x 21 - Field size 45-70 by 70-80 yards
+ u9-u10 - Halves 2 x 25 minutes - Number of players 7 vs 7 - Goal Size 6 x 18.5 - Field size 35-45 by 55-65 yards
+ u6-u8 - Quarters 4 x 10 minutes - Number of players 4 vs 4 - 4 x 6 Goal Size - Field size 15-25 by 25-35 yards

Youth Soccer FAQ

How do you know if a youth player is good?

A youth player is great at soccer they will have some of these qualities; ball control, endurance, speed, movement, strength, leadership, creativity, attitude, will to play, and will to win.

How can a parent support their child in soccer?

+ Play for fun with them. Don’t “coach” or “train” your child, just play soccer games with them!
+ Take them to soccer games. Getting kids around soccer is one of the best ways to grow their love for the sport as well as their game IQ. 
+ Sign them up! No matter what level your child is at, there are opportunities to play.
+ Choose the right level. If you want to help your child, choose a team/level that suits their abilities and interest level. 
+ Be the biggest cheerleader. Leave the coaching to the coach. As a parent, your job is to encourage your child and support them.

Do youth players get paid in America?

Players in the United States only get paid for playing soccer when they sign a professional contract. This is normally possible when a player turns 18 years old. In Europe, it is common for players to earn a salary when they are 16 years old.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a youth soccer coach? 

+ Selecting a team
+ Organizing training sessions
+ Communicating with parents
+ Scheduling practices
+ Scheduling games
+ Registering for tournaments/leagues
+ Attending league meetings
+ Administrative duties (e.g. registering players)

What are the youth soccer levels?

The youth soccer pyramid is now incredibly complex and often confusing. There are three separate organizations (USYS, USSSA, and US Club Soccer) sanctioning several divisions for youth soccer players, resulting in multiple high-level youth leagues. 

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