Orientation of the playing field. 141 Diagram 3 Orientation Diagram 4 Solution for avoiding shadow on playing area during the match. 142 Diagram 5
The soccer layout tool allows the user to plug in a value (in feet) into a cell below each listed soccer field dimension. The orientation of the layout tool is based on staking out the full length of field down the center line of pitch/field intersecting the goalie boxes. The actual field staking procedure requires the use of two measuring tapes.
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This must be marked out at each end of the pitch if you’re to play an official match following the correct soccer field dimensions. Two lines are marked out at a right angle extending into the pitch and the lines are 5.5 metres distance from either side of each goalpost.
Goal lines run along the width of the soccer field at opposite ends of the pitch . The soccer field has a center line that stretches across the center to separate the attacking and defending zones. The center circle is marked from the center spot of the field in a 10 yard (9.15 meter) radius.
Some argue that all fields should be oriented north and west so that the sun will not get in players' eyes. However, if the field is oriented north and south, then there are often full sections of seats where the sun will be in the eyes of the fans. There is no right or wrong way to orient a football field, but walls and materials are specifically placed such that the game will run smoothly and so that the fans can enjoy it.
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The field of play will be located on a North-South axis in the new stadium. A North-South field of play orientation is considered best-practice for outdoor stadiums and meets all modern North American standards for football as well as International FIFA standards.
The orientation of fields in relation to the sun must be considered in designing an athletic field. Where daylight use is anticipated, fields should be laid out with the main or long axis north and south.
Columbus [Ohio] Crew spokesperson Jeff Wuerth says soccer fields almost always run north-south so the goalkeeper isn’t staring into the Sun. In the Crew’s under-construction stadium, “the upper-deck reserve tickets on the west side are a dollar more than on the east side,” because the east-siders will have the setting Sun in their eyes.