Law I - Field of Play

 


DIMENSIONS
The field of play should be rectangular. 
For full-sided play:   
Length - minimum 80 yards, maximum 130 yards  Width - minimum 50 yards; maximum 100 yards


Recommended field sizes are as follows:

          

 

 

Full-Sided (11v11)

Short-Sided

 

(1) Passers:

(U8)

80 x 60 yards

60 x 40 yards

 

(2) Wings:

(U10)

90 x 60 yards

80 x 50 yards

 

(3) Strikers

(U12)

100 x 60 yards

90 x 60 yards

 

(4) Kickers:

(U14)

110 x 65 yards

100 x 60 yards

 

(5) Minors:

(U16)

110 x 70 yards

100 x 60 yards

 

(6) Seniors

(U19)

110 x 70 yards

100 x 60 yards


MARKINGS
A. General
1. The field of play shall be marked with distinctive lines, not more than 5 inches in width.
2. Marking must be of some material that is not injurious to eyes or skin.

B. Flags
1. A flag on a post at least five (5) feet high and at least one (1) inch in diameter having a non-pointed top shall be placed at each corner of the field.
2. Similar flags may be used to mark the middle of the field, but must be at least one yard outside of the touch lines.

C. The Halfway-Line and Center Circle
1. A halfway-line shall be marked joining the midpoint of each touch line.
2. From the midpoint of the halfway-line, a circle shall be marked with an appropriate radius:

Passers (U8) - six (6) yards
Wings (U10) - eight (8) yards
Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) - ten (10) yards

THE GOAL AREA
A goal area is marked by lines perpendicular to the goal line six yards from the inner side of each goal post, six yards into the field, and joined by a line parallel to the goal line.

THE CORNER ARC
A quarter circle with a radius of one yard from shall be drawn inside each of the four corners of the field.

THE GOALS
A. The goals are placed at the midpoint of each goal-line with each upright the same distance from the corner flag.

1. For Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19) the uprights are twenty-four (24) feet apart (inside measurement), joined by a crossbar eight (8) feet from the ground (to the lower edge).

2. For Wings (U10) the uprights may be eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) feet apart (inside measurement), joined by a crossbar seven (7) to eight (8) feet from the ground (to the lower edge) if goalkeepers are to be used, or about six (6) feet by four (4) feet if goalkeepers are not used.

3. For Passers (U8) the uprights are twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) feet apart (inside measurement), joined by a crossbar six (6) to eight (8) feet from the ground (to the lower edge), if goalkeepers are used, or about six (6) feet by four (4) feet if goalkeepers are not used.

B. Uprights and crossbar should have the same width.

C. Goal nets shall be attached to the post and crossbar and fastened to the ground in the such a manner as to not interfere with the goalkeeper.

D. For safety reasons, the goals, including those that are portable, must be anchored securely to the ground.

THE PENALTY AREA
A. Strikers (U12) thru Seniors (U19):
1. The Penalty Area is marked by lines perpendicular to the goal line eighteen (18) yards from the inner side of each goal post, eighteen (18) yards into the filed, and joined by a line parallel to the goal line.

2. A Penalty Mark shall be a spot no larger than nine (9) inches in diameter made twelve (12) yards from the goal line, opposite the center of the goal.

3. From the center of the Penalty Mark, an arc of ten (10) yards radius shall be marked outside the penalty area.

B. Wings (U10):
1. The Penalty Area is marked by lines perpendicular to the goal line fourteen (14) yards from the inner side of each goal post, fourteen (14) yards into the filed, and joined by a line parallel to the goal line.

2. A Penalty Mark shall be a spot no larger than nine (9) inches in diameter made ten (10) yards from the goal line, opposite the center of the goal.

3. From the center of the Penalty Mark, an arc of eight (8) yards radius shall be marked outside the penalty area.

C. Passers (U8):
1. There is no Penalty Area for Passers. Instead a Goalkeeper Area shall be marked by lines perpendicular to the goal line twelve (12) yards from the inner side of each goal post, twelve (12) yards into the field, and joined by a line parallel to the goal line.



-------------------------------- NOTES --------------------------------

1. The goal line should be the same width as the depth of the goal posts.

2. All markings are part of the areas they enclose.

3. If a crossbar becomes damaged and falls, or is in danger of falling, it must be removed. Games may continue with the approval of both coaches. The referee's judgment will determine whether any particular shot would have been under the crossbar, had one been there.

4. Goals should be painted white.

5. If the field is not adequately lined or if there are no nets on the goals, the game will proceed to the best of the referee's judgment.

6. The field of play for full-sided games and all related equipment shall be as shown on the diagram above.

7. Except as provided for Passers (U8) and Wings (U10) game fields and for approved Pre-School and Short-Sided fields, the penalty-areas, goal-areas, and ten yard circles may not be reduced in size on smaller fields, nor is the goal size to be reduced from the 8 foot by 24 foot inside measurements.

8. Passers (U8) and Wings (U10) divisions may opt to play their matches on full-sided fields and goals.

9. If the Referee determines the field to be unsafe for play, the game shall be abandoned.

 

 

 

 

 

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