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What does it take for a sport to become one of the most popular and universally loved things on the planet? The answer is simple: there need to be people willing to watch it, as well as strict rules and regulations that govern it. Soccer, as we’re all aware, is viewed by millions of people around the world and regulated by FIFA. FIFA has more members than the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. Who else could provide a better answer to the question at hand: how many acres is a soccer field?
Taking the official FIFA soccer field dimensions into consideration, we can conclude that, depending on the field size, the standard soccer field for adult players ranges from 1.59 to 1.98 acres. The average size of a soccer field is 1.86 acres.
There are, however, various factors that can affect the size of a soccer field. These are primarily the age and gender of the soccer players. Female players and those under the age of 17 typically have the option of playing on smaller soccer pitches than their adult male counterparts. Let’s discuss these differences in pitch size further:
Are Soccer Fields Different Size?
As mentioned above, soccer fields can be of different sizes. The field size can vary even within a single league. FIFA says that the soccer field for adult players can range from 100 to 130 yards in length, and 50 to 100 yards in width. For adult female players, the length of the field must range between 115 and 120 yards in length, and it also can’t be wider than between 70 and 75 yards. High school soccer players in the US play on a field that can be slightly smaller; from 100 to 120 yards long, and 55 to 80 yards wide. All similar, but not the same.
How Many Acres is a Standard Soccer Field?
Like soccer balls sizes, the size of a standard soccer field in acres can be variable, depending on the goal and touchline length. If we take the FIFA prescribed measures, we can easily calculate that the area of a standard soccer field ranges from 1.59 to 1.98 acres for soccer pitches designated to adult players.
For women, the size of a soccer field can be a bit different; from 1.69 to 1.85 acres. This, however, doesn’t mean that all female soccer games are played in smaller venues. In fact, the majority are played on standard adult soccer pitches.
Youth soccer fields for players under the age of 8 are typically between 0.12 and 0.31 acres. Those a bit older but still under the age of 11 play on a soccer field that is 0.31 to 0.50 acres.
How Many Square Feet is a Soccer Field?
When it comes to square footage, the average soccer field is 81,000 square feet. Children under the age of 8 play on a pitch that ranges from 5,400 to 13,500 square feet. Those who are 9 or 10 years old have to run a bit more, as they are playing on soccer filed that is between 13,500 and 21,600 square feet.
Male adults typically play on soccer fields that are between 45,000 and 117,000 square feet. For adult female players, that figure is in the range between 73,710 and 81,000 square feet.
How Many Square Feet is a High School Soccer Field?
High school soccer is played on fields that can be under the regulations for adult players, but they typically play on larger fields. In the US, high school soccer fields can range from 49,500 to 86,400 square feet. When they move on to college, former high school soccer players can expect to be playing on a field that has an area of 72,450 to 81,000 square feet, according to the NCAA. NCAA prescribed soccer field sizes imply that the college soccer fields can range from 1.66 to 1.98 acres.
Both male and female high schoolers in the US play on the same fields, as it wouldn’t be feasible for schools around the nation to build multiple soccer fields.
How Many Square Feet is an Indoor Soccer Field?
Rules state that an indoor soccer field has to range between 58 and 70 yards in length, as well as between 25 and 33 yards in width. This means that the area of an indoor soccer field can be anywhere between 13,125 and 21,000 square feet.
Table of Soccer Field Sizes
|Type of Field||Size in Yards||Size in Acres||Size in Square Feet|
|Adult Soccer Field||100×50 to 130×100||1.59-1.98||45,000-117,000|
|Women’s Soccer Field||115×70 to 120×75||1.69-1.85||73,710-81,000|
|High School Soccer Field||100×55 to 120×80||1.13-1.98||49,500-86,400|
|Indoor Soccer Field||58×25 to 70×33||0.30-0.48||13,125-21,000|
|Average Soccer Field Size(not including indoor fields)||115×70||1.70||75,435|
Soccer vs. Football Field Size Comparison
Have you ever wondered is a football field larger than the soccer field? This answer might come as a surprise, so brace yourself:
Regulations state that a football field must be 120 yards long, with 100 yards of playing field and 10 yards dedicated to each endzone. The standard width of a football field is 53 1/3 yards.
As soccer fields can get much wider, they are the ones with more land area; the average football field has a land area of 57,600 square feet. That number translates to 1.32 acres.
As we learned in this article, the average soccer field for adult males has 1.86 acres in land area. We also learned that soccer fields can get quite big and that they are much larger than football fields. That’s a whole bunch of data we can use to bore our friends to death next time we’re all gathered for a game. By the way, a tennis court is 2,808 square feet or 0.06 acres.