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. For instance, Barcelona has one of the largest fields, this is ideal for their passing game where they can open up the opposition with their precise passing.
How big is a soccer field? The dimension of a soccer field for an international game is 70-80 yards by 110 by 120 yards.
This article covers all the dimensions you need to know about all aspects of soccer. For the professional games and the youth, I have collected all of the information from the official sources to give them to you in one place.
- Soccer Field Surface
- Field Markings
- 11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions
- FIFA Soccer Field Dimensions
- US Youth Soccer Field Size
- High School Soccer Field Dimensions
- Indoor Soccer Field Dimensions
- Futsal Field Dimensions
- Soccer field vs NFL Football Field: Comparison
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 match needs to be of the standard of FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf. This is unless it is given permission by the International Football Association Board.
The field must be marked to show the sections in a continuous line. The lines must be of the same thickness. 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 are not a part of the game. The areas that are to be marked are;
- halfway line
- Center mark
- Center circle
- Corner arks
- Goal lines same width as posts + crossbar
- Lines less than 12 cm/5 inches
A player who makes unauthorised marks on the field of play must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour. If the referee notices this being done during the match, the player is cautioned when the ball next goes out of play.
11 vs 11 Soccer Field Dimensions
|Length – Touch Line||90-120||100-130|
|Width – Goal Line||45-90||50-100|
For matches played at the World Cup and all national games.
|Length – Touch Line||100-110||110-120|
|Width – Goal Line||64-75||70-80|
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.
The penalty mark is measured from the back of the goal line.
- 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
The corner flag is a quarter circle and 1 yard from the goal line and touchline. The flagpost should not be shorter than 5 feet/1.5 meters.
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 ay given time.
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.
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.
US Youth Soccer Field Size
|Age||Game Minutes||Ball Size||Players||Goal feet||Width yards||Length|
|u17-u19||2 x 45||#5||11 vs 11||8 x 24||50-100||100-130|
|u15-u16||2 x 40||#5||11 vs 11||8 x 24||50-100||100-130|
|u13-u14||2 x 35||#5||11 vs 11||8 x 24||50-100||100-130|
|u11-u12||2 x 30||#4||9 vs 9||7 x 21||45-70||70-80|
|u9-u10||2 x 25||#4||7 vs 7||6 x 18.5||35-45||55-65|
|u6-u8||4 x 10||#3||4 vs 4||4 x 6||15-25||25-35|
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 Yards||Maximum Yards|
|Length – Touchline||100||120|
|Width – Goal line||55||80|
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 Yards||Maximum Yards|
|Length – Touchline||58||70|
|Width – Goal line||25||33|
Futsal Field Dimensions
Futsal field dimensions for the United States from U.S. Futsal;
|Width – yards||16||27|
|Length – yards||27||45|
International futsal field dimensions from Wikipedia;
|Width – yards||21.9||27.3|
|Length – yards||41.5||45.9|
Soccer field vs NFL Football Field: Comparison
|Soccer Field||Football Field|
|Width – yards||50-100||53.33|
|Length – yards||100-130||100 (120 apex)|
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.