Standard Measurements in Football

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 field 120 yards (including 10 yards of end zone at each end).
Width of field 53 1/3 yards (160 feet).
Height of goal posts At least 30 feet.
Height of crossbar 10 feet.
Width of goal posts 18 feet 6 inches, inside to inside.
(above crossbar)
Length of ball 10 7/8 to 11 7/16 inches (long axis).
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