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Helpful Information: Law I - Field of Play



DIMENSIONS
The length of the field must always exceed the width. The dimensions of the field of play may vary to enable players of different levels of skill and physical attributes to play the game.

SAFETY
Referees should arrive in plenty of time to inspect the field, goals, flags and markings for accuracy and safety. No part of the field surface or the goals and flag posts may be dangerous to the players. If the field conditions are dangerous or unsuitable for play, the referee must refuse to officiate the game and, unless there is a possibility that the problem can be corrected, should leave immediately after announcing his decision to both sides. Unresolved problems with the field that do not involve safety should be reported to the competition authority, even if the game is played.

GOALS
The goals must be securely anchored to the ground.

 

FIELD MARKINGS
The markings of the field should not be dangerous, must not protrude above the surface or be placed in ruts or hollows, and should be easily visible. The goal line should be the same width as the depth of the goal posts and the crossbar.

The lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The area beyond the goal line and cross bar and inside the goal net (if one is provided) is not part of the field of play.

If the lines are not marked properly, the referee should try to have proper markings put down by the home team before starting the game, time permitting.

NOMENCLATURE
The lines running along the long edge of the field are called touch lines. These lines are part of the field.

The lines along the end of the field that connect to the touch lines are called goal lines.

The small area directly in front of the goal (6 yards from each post and 6 yards into the field connected with a line parallel with the goal line for Strikers thru Seniors games) is call the goal area. The lines that make up the goal area are part of that area.

The larger area in front of the goal (18 yards from each post and 18 yards into the field connected with a line parallel with the goal line for Strikers thru Seniors games) is called the penalty area. The lines that make up the penalty area are part of that area. The penalty arc is not party of the penalty area.

NO PLAYER MODIFICATIONS TO THE FIELD
Goalkeepers or other players may not make unauthorized marks on the field of play. The player who makes such marks or alterations on the field to gain an unfair advantage may be cautioned for unsporting behavior. Players may return bent or leaning corner flags to the upright position, but they may not bend or lean them away from the upright position to take a corner kick, nor may they corner flag be removed for any reason.




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