The Field of Play

The size of a soccer field is flexible. Remember, back in the Middle Ages, the goals could be as far as 10 miles apart. The rules are a little more rigid now, but fields can still be different sizes.

Officially, the field should be between 100 and 130 yards long, and between 50 and 100 yards wide. But you could never have a square field; that is, 100 by 100. The length always has to be longer than the width. The goal is 8 yards wide and 8 feet high. Take a look at the following picture to see all the measurements.

Even though these are the official measurements, you might be playing on a much smaller field. If you're playing on a team that has fewer than eleven on a side, then you definitely will be.

Like in the Good Old Days

For a fun variation on soccer, try to play the way they did in olden times. Go to a park near your house and set up two goals, one on each side of the park. Try to get as many people involved as you can and see what fun it is to have to dribble and pass around trees, playground equipment, and backstops.

The Big Field

The official size for an international match is a field that is 100 to 110 meters long (which is 110 to 120 yards) and 64 to 75 meters wide (which is 70 to 80 yards).

Dimensions of a soccer field

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