Touch-lines

Sport: Soccer

What are touch-lines in Soccer?

The touch-lines are found on the longest sides of a soccer pitch, and are usually clear white painted lines, which can also be referred to as the ‘side-lines’. These lines link up with the bylines at each end of the pitch and act as a boundary for the playing field.

soccer touch lines

What happens if the ball crosses the touch-lines?

Once the soccer match has started, if the ball crosses either touch-line it is out of play and a throw-in is given against the team who last touched the ball. However, for a throw-in to be given the full ball has to cross the touch-lines as the lines themselves are deemed to be in play.

Who controls the touch-lines in Soccer?

Each side of the soccer pitch is controlled by an assistant referee, also known as the ‘lines-man’. Their main job is to check if the ball crosses out of play, when this happens, they signal to which team is given the throw-in by raising their flag.

Although it is the job of the assistant referee to control the touch-lines, it happens in some situations they cannot make a clear decision and the match referee helps with the awarding of a throw-in.

How big is a touch-line in Soccer?

The soccer pitch touch line must be between and 100-130 yards long, this can be modified for FIFA-recognized international matches.

soccer touch lines size

Browse Our Popular Sports

  1. American Football
  2. Baseball
  3. Basketball
  4. Cricket
  5. Fencing
  6. Figure Skating
  7. Fishing
  8. Golf
  9. Horse Racing
  10. Ice Hockey
  11. Judo
  12. Skiing
  13. Soccer
  14. Swimming
  15. Tennis