Why are Football Pitches Not all the Same Size?

Why are Football Pitches Not all the Same Size? See Answers

A football pitch or soccer field is the playing surface for the beautiful game of football.

“The Field of Play” is basically made of natural green turf or artificial turf, although some unprofessional teams choose to play on dirt fields.

Why are Football Pitches Not all the Same Size?

According to the rules, all line markings on the pitch form part of the area which they define. For instance, a ball on or above the touchline is still on the play until it goes out completely.

Also, when a ball must wholly cross the goal line (between the goal posts)  a goal is scored; if any part of the ball is still on or above the line, the ball is still in play.

So back to the question is the size of all standard football pitch the same?

All standard football pitches are standard. If they are not the standard size then they would be non-standard. So yes, all standard football pitches are standard but not the same

The laws of the game state that “The length of a pitch must be between 100 yards (90m) and 130 yards (120m) and the width not less than 50 yards (45m) and not more than 100 yards (90m).” so individual pitches will vary between these dimensions.

As FIFA do not make any laws there is no official FIFA soccer field.

However the IFAB law 1 states:

  • The Field of Play states that the field has to be
  • Length (touchline):
  • minimum 90 m (100 yds)
  • maximum 120 m (130 yds)
  • Length (goal line):
  • minimum 45 m (50 yds)
  • maximum 90 m (100 yds)

Here are the FA suggested pitch sizes for specific age groups using an 11-a-side football pitch:

  • U-13 & U-14 – 90 yards (82.2m) x 55 yards (50.2m)
  • U-15 & U-16 – 100 yards (91.4m) x 60 yards (54.8m)
  • 18+, Adult Football & Clubs Playing in the National League System – 110 yards (100.5m) x 70 yards (64m)
  • Some other popular stadium pitch sizes are as follows:
    • Anfield – 100 yards by 74 yards (101m x 68m)
    • Camp Nou – 114 yards by 74 yards (105m x 68m)
    • Emirates Stadium –115 yards by 74 yards (105m x 68m)
    • Etihad Stadium – 115 yards by 74 yards (105m x 68m)
    • Old Trafford – 116 yards by 76 yards (106m x 69m)
    • Stamford Bridge – 112 yards by 73 yards (103m x 67m)
    • White Hart Lane – 109 yards by 73 yards (100m x 67m)

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