Playing Area and Goals
Playing Area and Goals
The size of the playing field depends on the players' age group. For U15 and U13 players, they must play on a regulation sized field with all appropriate markings. For U11, they must play on a regulation sized field with all appropriate markings whenever possible. Otherwise they may play on a modified field with reduced players. For U9 players the fields must be rectangular, between 60–70 yards in length and 30–40 yards in width to accommodate play on existing fields.
Line Size and Color
All lines are 2”-4” wide, except the goal line which shall be 2” wide. It is recommended that all lines be painted white or a single contrasting color.
The restraining line, a solid line 30 yards up field from each goal line, shall extend across the width of the field. It must be clearly distinguishable as the restraining line, for example, the only line on the field, or marked in a different color, or marked with X’s. Cones shall not be used for this purpose.
There is a circle, radius 30’, in the center of the field and through the center of this a line 9’11” in length, parallel to the goal lines.
Arc and Fan
An arc and fan shall be marked 8m (26’4”) and 12m (39’4”) respectively from the goal circles. The arc and fan shall be measured from the center of the goal line 10.6m (34’10”) for the 8 meter mark and 14.6m (47’9”) for the 12 meter mark.
The 8 meter arc shall end on a line on each side that runs from a point on each side of the goal circle, where, if the goal line were continued, would cross the goal line. This line will be at a 45-degree angle to the goal line extended. The 12 meter fan will end at the goal line extended.
The 8 meter arc will be sectioned off by hash marks 1’ in length, perpendicular and bisecting the arc. These will be measured 4, 8, and 12 meters respectively from either side of the center hash mark which shall be measured from the center of and perpendicular to the center of the goal line (34’10”). Two additional 1’ marks will be made 8 meters from the goal circle, perpendicular to the goal line extended.
The substitution area shall be in front of the scorer's table and centered at the midfield line. The area will be sectioned off by two hash marks, 2m-4m in length. The hash marks will be placed perpendicular to and touching the sideline with each one placed 5 yards from the centerline of the field.
The penalty area shall be directly in front of the scorer’s/timer’s table at the rear of the substitution area. A player serving a penalty must sit or kneel in this area.
Team Bench Area
The team bench area is defined as the area from the end of the substitution area to the team’s restraining line, and even with the level of the scorer’s table extended (at least 4m from the sideline), and does not include the area directly behind the scorer’s table. Non-playing team personnel must remain in their team bench area. Violation of this rule will be assessed as a misconduct foul.
A scorer’s/timer’s table will be set up at midfield, at least 4m from the designated playing boundaries on the team’s bench side. An accurate visible score must be continuously displayed. A visible clock is recommended.
Coaches must remain within their own coaching area, that is, the area on the bench/table side of the field extending from their side of the substitution area to their end line, and even with the scorer’s table extended (at least 4m from the sideline), and does not include the area directly behind the scorer’s table. Violation of this rule is misconduct.
A coach may move along the bench/table side boundary line from the substitution area to their end line only. Violation is considered misconduct.
Spectators must be kept back at least 4m from the sidelines. Spectators are not allowed immediately behind the team bench or table area except in permanent stadium seating. No spectators are allowed behind the end lines except in permanent stadium seating positioned behind protective netting or fencing.