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The penalty area serves four purposes.

  1. A goal keeper is allowed to deliberately handle the ball when it is within their penalty area.
  2. Any Direct Free Kick restart, committed by a defender against an attacker, while in the penalty area, becomes a Penalty Kick restart instead.
  3. The penalty area helps define the region where non-kicking and non-goalkeeper players must be during the taking of the penalty kick. (A. outside the penalty area, B. outside the penalty arc, and C. behind the ball)
  4. During any defensive free kick or goal kick restart taken within the penalty area, no one may touch the ball until it leaves the penalty area. If they do, the restart is performed again.
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If a foul is committed on the line of the penalty area is it a penalty?

The line defining the penalty area is considered part of the penalty area. If it was a defender fouling an attacker, then a penalty kick is awarded.

How wide is the penalty area?

The penalty area is 44 yards wide.

Who can be in the penalty area when a penalty kick is taken?

When a penalty kick is taken, only the kicker, the goalkeeper, the referee, and one assistant referee are allowed to be inside the penalty area.

What is the half circle in fronk of the penelty area for?

All players, except the penalty taker must be at least 10 yards away from the penalty spot when the penalty is taken. As the Penalty Area extends 18 yards from the goal line, and the Penalty Spot is 12 yards from the goal line, the distance from the Penalty Spot to the edge of the Penalty Area can be as little as 6 Yards. The Arc - not half circle - marks the area outside the Penalty Area, that is within 10 yards of the Penalty Spot, and therefore outside which players must be when the penalty is taken

Can a goalie use his hands while inside the penalty area?

Only within their own penalty area.

What box is the 18 yard box in soccer?

The so-called "18-yard box" is properly called the Penalty Area. It is 44 yards wide (left and right) and 18 yards deep (from the goal line toward midfield, and the origin of the nickname). The Penalty Area contains the Goal Area (the "six-yard box") and the Penalty Mark (12 yards from the center of the goal, or halfway between the edges of the goal area and penalty area lines). Attached to the Penalty Area is an arc (the "Penalty Arc") that forms that part of a 10-yard circle from the Penalty Mark which lies outside of the Penalty Area. This arc is not part of the Penalty Area; it just indicates where players cannot be during a penalty kick.

What is the restart when a defender commits a foul in the penalty area?

A penalty kick.

Is a penalty kick given if a foul is committed in the penalty arc?

If a foul is given within the penalty arc (the D-shaped bit at the top and center of the penalty area), it will not result in a penalty kick. The area enclosed by the arc is not part of the penalty area. The arc's only purpose is to ensure that players remain 10 yards away from the ball during penalty kicks.

Can a goalkeeper inside the penalty area use his hand to touch a ball outside the penalty area?

No. It doesn't matter where the goalkeeper is.The ballmust be in the penalty area (on the line is inside) for the keeper to touch it.

What is the distance between the penalty area line and the goal line?

How many distance is the penalty area from goal line?

How many square meters is a football penalty area?

Goal width = 16.5 m Distance from goalpost to each edge = 16.5 m Width of penalty area = 3 * 16.5 = 49.5 m Depth of penalty area = 16.5 m Area of penalty area = 49.5 * 16.5 = 816.75 m2

Where is the penalty area?

They are on the sides of the field.

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