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Football rules that people may not know. Have a look.

Field surface

Matches may be played on natural or artificial surfaces, according to the rules 

of the competition.

The colour of artificial surfaces must be green.

Where artificial surfaces are used in either competition matches between 

representative teams of member associations affiliated to FIFA or international 

club competition matches, the surface must meet the requirements of the FIFA 

Quality Concept for Football Turf or the International Artificial Turf Standard, 

unless special dispensation is given by FIFA.

Field markings

The field of play must be rectangular and marked with lines. These lines belong 

to the areas of which they are boundaries.

The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are 

called goal lines.

The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line, which joins the 

midpoints of the two touch lines.

The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a 

radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) is marked around it.

Marks may be made off the field of play, 9.15 m (10 yds) from the corner 

arc and at right angles to the goal lines and the touch lines, to ensure that 

defending players retreat this distance when a corner kick is being taken.


The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.

Length (touch line): minimum 90 m (100 yds)

maximum 120 m (130 yds)

Width (goal line): minimum 45 m (50 yds)

maximum 90 m (100 yds)

All lines must be of the same width, which must be not more than 

12 cm (5 ins).

International matches

Length: minimum 100 m (110 yds)

maximum 110 m (120 yds)

Width: minimum 64 m (70 yds)

maximum 75 m (80 yds)

The goal area

Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 5.5 m (6 yds) from the 

inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance 

of 5.5 m (6 yds) and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The 

area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.

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