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Football Glossary: Yard


A form of measurement that is still used to describe sections of the pitch, e.g. the six-yard line is the area closest to the goal line.

  • Example: Paul Robinson, the former England keeper, never dominated his six-yard box which opposing forwards took advantage of.
  • The only player allowed to use his / her hands in football is the goalkeeper but only in the 18-yard box (penalty area)
  • ‘The length of a pitch must be between 100 yards (90m) and 130 yards (120m) and the width not less than 50 yards (45m) and not more than 100 yards (90m).’BBC Sport explains the length of the football pitch here
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