All markings and lines on a soccer pitch have their own name and reason for being there. The bylines are located on either end of the pitch and are the shorter set of parallel lines. The byline is located at the end of the field (the shortest sides) and encompasses the goal line.

These lines run from the goalposts to the corner flags. They can also be referred to as the end lines, and mark the area when the ball goes out of bounds.

How the Byline Works

The rules of soccer state that a goal kick should be awarded when the ball fully crosses the byline after being touched by the opposing team.