Thursday, December 27, 2012


Standard Measurements in Football

  • Thursday, December 27, 2012
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  • Football Field Dimensions

    Football field measurements vary depending on the whether it is a high school, college or professional field.

    Breaking down the basic elements of a football field we will attempt to outline the differences between these levels of play.

    End Line (CFL-Dead Line):

    A six foot end line border marks the back of the end zone.

    Field Numbers:

    High School, College and the NFL all use 6 foot by 4 foot field numbers designating each 10 yard line marker.

    Restraining Line:

    All fields have a 6’ line along the side lines that designate the closest non-players can be to the field.

    Team Benches:

    Team benches are placed along the Restraining Line between the 30 yard markers

    Hash Marks:

    The measurements between the Hash Marks for High School, College, the NFL and CFL are different:.

    High School: the width of the hashmarks are 53 feet, 4 inches

    College: hashmarks are 40 feet wide

    NFL: hash marks are 18 feet, 6 inches wide

    CFL: hash marks are 17 yards (51 feet wide)

    Goal Posts:

    Another measurement that varies by level of play includes the goal posts. Goal post measurements for the different levels of play are:

    High School: Goal posts are 10 feet high and 23 feet, 4 inches wide

    College, NFL and CFL : Goal posts are 10 feet high and 18 feet, 6 inches wide.

    Length of field120 yards (including 10 yards of end zone at each end).
    Width of field53 1/3 yards (160 feet).
    Height of goal postsAt least 30 feet.
    Height of crossbar10 feet.
    Width of goal posts18 feet 6 inches, inside to inside.
    (above crossbar)
    Length of ball10 7/8 to 11 7/16 inches (long axis).

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