The dimensions of the field of play
maximum length, 130 yards ; minimum length, 100
maximum breadth, 100 yards ; minimum breadth, 50 yards.
(In International matches, the dimensions of the
field of play shall be—maximum length, 110 yards ;
maximum breadth 80 yards ; minimum breadth, 70 yards
The field of play shall be marked by boundary lines.
at each end are the goal-lines, and the lines at the sides are the
The touch-lines shall be drawn at right angles with
A flag with a staff not less than 5 feet high
shall be placed at each corner.
A half-way line shall be
marked out across the field of play.
The centre of the field of
play shall be indicated by a suitable mark, and a circle with a 10
yards radius shall be made round it.
The goals shall be upright
posts fixed on the goal-lines, equi-distant from the corner flag
staffs, 8 yards apart, with a bar across them 8 feet from the ground.
The maximum width of the goal-posts and the maximum depth of the
cross-bar shall be 5 inches.
Lines shall be marked 6 yards from
each goal-post at right angles to the goal-lines for a distance of 6
yards, and these shall be connected with each other by a line parallel
to the goal-lines ; the space within these lines shall be the goal
Lines shall be marked 18 yards from each goal-post at right
angles to the goal-lines for a distance of 18 yards, and these shall
be connected with each other by a line parallel to the goal-lines '
the space within these lines shall be the penalty area.
mark shall be made opposite the centre of each goal, 12 yards from the
goal-line ; this shall be the penalty kick mark.
as drawn up by William Pickford (Hampshire FA's treasurer)
from the Derby Daily Telegraph, Friday 15 March 1912:-
TO IMPROVE FOOTBALL
Next season [1912-13] promise to introduce
an important change in the F.A. rules which may considerably alter the
styles now in vogue. It is proposed that the present 18 yards penalty line
shall be extended to the touch-lines, and that outside this area a player
cannot be offside. The alteration will probably meet with general
approval.... The obvious intention of the authorities is to check the
growing tendency to resort to the one-back game, and for that reason the
alteration will meet with the whole-hearted support of the spectator who
likes to see good football and detests to hear too much whistle.... A
boundary mark half-way between the goal and the half-way line would appear