The correct size according to the number of players
Do not be fooled: pitch sizes make a huge difference. Especially if you train in a small place ...
Moving to a bigger pitch can be a nightmare on a match day. After all, you will need to run more and make more passes to get to the opposing goal.
Whether you’re laying your own football pitch or looking for one to play on, here are the FA recommended pitch sizes for 5-a-side, 7-a-side, and 11-a-side football. By the way, Last, but not least, that wooden thing at each end of the pitch they call the goal. Think you know how big it is?
It's eight feet high (2.44m) and eight yards wide (7.32m)
5-a-side football pitches can vary in size, but the recommended dimensions are
40 x 30 yards (36.5m x 27.5m).
The penalty area, formed of semi-circles at either end of the pitch, must be 6.5 yards (6m) from the centre of the goal line regardless of the pitch size.
You can play five-a-side with or without centre circle or even half-way line pitch markings. The recommended goal size for 5-a-side is 3 yards (3.66m) wide.
7-a-side pitch dimensions can also vary, but the recommended size is 60 x 40 yards
(55 x 36.5m).
Unlike 5-a-side, 7-a-side pitches have rectangular penalty areas, which are 18 yards (16.5m) wide and 10 yards (9m) from the goal line. The centre circle is optional. Penalty arcs, or as they’re more commonly known, Ds, are also optional and are positioned at the edge of the penalty area with the curve facing away from goal. The penalty spot should always be 8 yards from the goal line.
According to FA regulations, this should fall between 100-130 yards (90-120m) long and 50-100 yards (45-90m) wide.
The penalty area should measure 18 yards away from the centre of the goal line and the penalty spot should be 12 yards from goal, no matter the overall size of the pitch.
Something not present on either the 5-a-side or 7-a-side pitch markings are corner arcs, which should form a 1 yard radius away from each corner of an 11-a-side pitch.
Most of us football enthusiasts know everything there is about football but, when it comes to football boots, we have absolutely no idea what to look for and what factors might affect our decision. There is absolutely no doubt that the right football boots make for a more comfortable and better performance on the field so do not make your decision without the information you need to make the right choice.
First off you need to be familiar with the fact that different positions have different boots designed for them. Companies spend millions every year researching and developing boots purpose designed for different tasks.
You cannot use a screwdriver to hammer a nail so why does the same not apply to football boots? The answer is it does. Football boots have design features which allow the user to perform better depending on what position and role they play in the team. For example, a winger must need a boot which is lightweight and grip allowing for sharp movements and being able to beat players which means they can sacrifice protection and rigidity.
This means the boots a winger would ideally wear would not be suited for a defender who has to get stuck into challenges and needs boots that provide extra support and safety along with more rigidity. You can find a summary in the Table below.
Moreover, you need to know what ground you are going to be using the boots on. Football companies design boots sole’s for different playing conditions..
The time has come to make that bold step into the unknown and pick a pair of new boots. No matter what anyone says, the right football boots make a world of difference on the pitch.
(From left to right): Firm Ground (FG), Soft Ground (SG) and Artificial Ground (AG). Now, players have synthetic playing surfaces that actually look like grass – whether it’s ‘long pile’ or ‘rubber crumb’ 2g, 3g or 4G – allowing the ground to ‘take’ a stud and allowing players to wear their match-day boots to training or casual games.
FG Firm Ground. These boots are perfect for harder grass surfaces in the summer months.
SG Soft Ground. Ideal for grass pitches throughout the winter months. Great for wet and muddy conditions.
AG Artificial Ground. The perfect choice for kids that play on artificial turf. Softer studs.
There was once a simpler time when all football boots were made out of leather. ‘Leather Forever’ and all that. But, whilst leather football boots are still popular today, advances in boot technology mean there’s now a range of different upper materials for you to choose from.
Synthetic football boots are all about reducing weight. They offer the comfort of leather within a lightweight construction- and are currently the most popular type of football boot on the market.
The latest evolution in synthetic boot tech, knit football boots offer enhanced control and are designed to feel as though you aren’t even wearing any football boots. This barefoot feel is achieved through an upper made of yarn.