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How Big Is a World Cup Soccer Field?

By Contributing Writer

Though the size of a World Cup soccer field is not fixed, certain guidelines exist. Here are some:

Length

A World Cup field must be between 110 and 120 yards long. During the 1994 World Cup held in the United States, the fields of play were 115 yards long.

Width

The field must be between 70 and 80 yards wide. The United States set up fields 75 yards wide during the 1994 World Cup.

Penalty Area

The penalty area of a soccer field is 18 yards long by 44 yards wide. A foul committed in this area by the defending team results in a penalty kick.

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Penalty Kick Spot

The ball is placed 12 yards from the center of the goal line when a penalty kick is awarded to a player.

Goal Size

The goal on a World Cup soccer field is 8 feet high and 24 feet wide.

Other Field Considerations

In addition to the playing area, a World Cup soccer field requires extra space surrounding the field for player and coach benches, additional sideline advertising, and a safety buffer zone from the fans to protect those on the field. The space varies.

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