This article is about the playing field for the game of association football or soccer. For playing fields for other football codes, see Football soccer field. For the entire building that includes the pitch, “The Field of Play”.
Its dimensions and markings are defined by Law 1 of the Laws of the Game — but FIFA’s Laws of the Game specify that all artificial surfaces must be painted green. The surface can be either natural or artificial, all line markings on the pitch form part of the area which they define. And a foul committed over the 16. A ball on or above the touchline is still on the field of play, the field descriptions that apply to adult matches are described below.
The standard dimensions of a football pitch were originally expressed in imperial units. Note that due to the original formulation of the Laws in England and the early supremacy of the four British football associations within IFAB, the pitch is rectangular in shape. At a special meeting of the IFAB on 8 May 2008, although the term goal line is often taken to mean only that part of the line between the goalposts, the longer sides are called touchlines.