Football, commonly known as soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players each. It is played on a rectangular grass field, with a goal at each end. With the exception of the two goal keepers, players may not handle the ball, but must propel the ball with their head or feet.
Official soccer field dimensions
The field of play is rectangular. The length of the sideline must be longer than the length of the goal line. Measurements are as follows:
- length ─ minimum 90m maximum 120m
- width ─ minimum 45m maximum 90m
- length ─ 105m
- width ─ 68m
It is recommended that there is a minimum 3m space around the pitch. In the interest of player safety it is advisable to increase this distance wherever possible.
The field of play is marked with lines called boundaries. The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. All lines are a maximum of 12cm wide. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line. The centre mark is at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 9.15m is marked around it.