Football Pitch Dimensions

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The specifications for artificial football pitch dimensions can differ greatly depending on the requirements and budget of the project. The association football guidelines state that a synthetic recreational football surface can vary in length from a minimum of 90m and a maximum of 120m, and can vary in width from a minimum of 45m and a maximum of 90m.

These artificial football pitch dimensions can be tailored to suit the specification and costs requirements of your organisation, whether it is a school, leisure centre or sports club etc. However, if the artificial sports pitch is being used for international matches the guidelines are slightly different, with the length of the pitch varying from 100m to 110m, and the width ranging from 64m to 75m.


Synthetic Football Pitch Size

One goal is placed at each of the two goal-lines; these consist of two vertical posts which are put at equal distances from the two corner flag posts and with a distance of 7.32m from the inner edges of each post. The two upright posts join at the top with a horizontal crossbar which is a distance of 2.44m from the ground, most goals have a net placed behind them, but this is not required by sports governing laws.

In this video you can see our team installing a 3G football surface onto an existing tennis court facility. This was done to improve the function of the area and make it suitable for playing different sports.

We can complete work like this for many facilities if you are looking to transform a sports surface into something new. In many cases, an existing tarmac court can be used as a suitable sub base for synthetic turf to be installed onto.

Soccer Pitches Design

In front of both goals there are two rectangular boxes marked out, these are the goal area and the penalty area and are usually marked out in the same dimensions for each different synthetic football pitch size. The goal area consists of two lines, each starting from the goal line at a distance of 5m from the outer edge of each goal post; these lines extend 5m into the pitch and are joined together by another line. We are able to install sports line markings for a number of different activities on both synthetic turf and hard court facilities.

The penalty area is formed in a similar way to the goal area; however the lines start from the goal-line at 16m from each goal post and extend 16m into the pitch where they are joined together by another line. The penalty mark is located at 11m from the centre of the goal and this is where a penalty kick will be taken from, the penalty arc (or “the D”) is 9.15m from the penalty mark and is marked against the outer edge of the penalty area.


Woodhouse grove school

Soft Surfaces won a competitive tender to supply and install a new 6528 m² all weather pitch, marked for football, rugby union and three 5-a-side pitches. There is storage at one end for posts and equipment and the complex is enclosed by a 3m high rebound fence. Lighting columns were erected along the perimeter, and lighting bollards to the access path. A large-scale earthworks scheme was undertaken to create a plateau some 900mm above the 100-year flood level in order to accommodate the pitch. SS worked over weekends and during the normal Christmas shutdown to minimise delays.

AFC Bournemouth

When AFC Bournemouth wanted to create a new training surface, we looked into the various options. We discussed the performance and playing characteristics of a variety of surfaces. In the summer, we chose a 3G surface (Rhino Turf VT40) which was supplied and installed by Soft Surfaces Ltd. We chose the Rebounce shock-pad to compliment the VT40 surface, as it met the performance, quality and the most natural appearance – so much more realistic in looks, feel and performance than other synthetic surfaces. We have found Soft Surfaces to be very professional and easy to deal and work with. 

Banister Primary School

We believe we received good value for money by opting to use Soft Surfaces and would like to thank the team for making it painless and stress-free installation experience. We were particularly impressed with the degree of flexibility your exercised as we wanted to change the perimeter area. It’s also important that I state how impressed we were with the cleanliness and tidiness of the work; the site was spotless upon completion. Likewise, the after service has been good and we appreciate that you’ve stayed in touch to make sure we were pleased with the end product. In summary i would be happy to reccomend Soft Surfaces without hesitation or reservation; it was a pleasure doing business with you!

Activity For All

Soft Surfaces came to run a brief presentation on the advantages of their product and why he felt that this was best value and straight away we understood what we was getting as a product, service and installation. I am more than happy with how the project ran with it being delivered ontime, within budget and now have a great football artificial 3G surface. I would strongly recommend dealing with James Dooley at Soft Surfaces who will talk you through the various costs, specifications and finer details because would definitely like to point out that the cheapest is not always the best value. Massive thank you to the team for providing us now with a thriving new facility!

Golborne High School

I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at Soft Surfaces Ltd for helping our school in the upgrade of our MUGA flooring. We were experiencing serious problems with contaminated sand causing flooding and making the surface dangerous under foot. You undertook a site visit and carried out an infill contamination assessment to investigate the problems. This identified that the sand infill needed replacing to bring the facility back to its correct playing characteristics and porous again. The PE staff in school are extremely impressed with the impact of the work undertaken and have commented that it has made a significant improvement to the MUGA surface. I would certainly recommend Soft Surfaces!

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These are the standard guideline for synthetic pitch size and dimensions and the relevant area line markings, but as you can see the length and width of a football area can vary greatly and can be installed to suit the requirements and budgets of each particular project.

Feel free to get in touch with our helpful team today if you have any questions about the different services that we offer. Just complete the contact box on this page and let us know what you need, along with a rough idea of your budget. We’ll get back to you with some advice on the football pitch dimensions as well as how we can help with a project.

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