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Size does matter
Around the Academy:

Do you know how big a pitch is?

Have you ever thought what it would be like to paint the lines on a football pitch?

It can't be that easy keeping them straight, but wingers like Ryan Giggs or Damien Duff would go dizzy if they weren't.

But did you know that not all pitches are the same size?

The length of a pitch must be between 100 yards (90m) and 130 yards (120m) and width not less than 50 yards (45m) and not more than 100 yards (90m).

Damien Duff goes on a dribble for Chelsea
Mr Duff gets looking for the touchline

And on to the area where most of the action happens - the penalty box!

It's also known as the 18-yard-box, with the smaller area - marked out inside it - called the six-yard-box.

Some of the world's best strikers earn their living inside here!

And for all you penalty takers out there - or savers! - the most famous spot in football sits 12 yards (11m) from goal.

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).






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