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Field markings

Everything you need to know about marking out a field for American football can be found here:

Field markings for small sided football

Minimum field markings ( 1st March 2022):


Under no circumstances may the game commence, nor proceed if suspended. BAFA may impose sanctions for the following breaches: (2022 additions marked as )

  • Field length less than 80 yards or more than 100 yards.
  • Field width less than 144 feet or more than 176 feet.
  • End zone depth less than 7 yards or more than 13 yards.
  • End zones not of equal size.
  • Either sideline incomplete.
  • Any goal line or end line incomplete.
  • Any yard line across the field every 5 yards incomplete.
  • Short yard-line extensions at the hash marks incomplete.
  • Short yard-line extensions at the sideline incomplete.
  • Goal posts inbounds.
  • Padding on goal posts absent or less than six feet in height.
  • 2G or earlier artificial surface.
  • Trip hazard(s).

Field and game management audits

In even-numbered years, BAFRA officials conduct an audit of field markings at every game:

In odd-numbered years, BAFRA officials conduct a similar audit of game management:

Teams are encouraged to self-assess themselves using the forms above in order to highlight problem areas that they may be able to address.

Advice for groundsmen