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Just the other day I was talking to a colleague and he was telling me soccer fields can differ in size, up to 20 meters in width.

Can somebody give me the exact word on this?

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According to IFAB Laws of the Game, the width of the field can be between 45 to 90 meters and must be smaller then its length.

The full rule:

Dimensions

Law 1 – the field of play

The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.

Length (touch line):

  • minimum 90 m (100 yds)
  • maximum 120 m (130 yds)

Width (goal line):

  • minimum 45 m (50 yds)
  • maximum 90 m (100 yds)

All lines must be of the same width, which must be not more than 12 cm (5 ins).

International matches

For international matches, the following dimensions are needed:

Length

  • minimum 100 m (110 yds)
  • maximum 110 m (120 yds)

Width (goal line):

  • minimum 64 m (70 yds)
  • maximum 75 m (80 yds)

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