American Football Field Size & Dimensions:
How to Measure and Paint American Football Field

How to Paint American Football Field

What are the dimensions of an American Football field? How do you measure and paint an American Football field from start to finish manually? And how much time and manpower does it take to complete the football field? This article will look at these questions and provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how the American Football field is laid out and painted.

What Are the Dimensions of an American Football Field?

An American Football field must be laid out and painted according to the dimensions below.

American Football Field Dimensions Diagram Painting

Click the elements to expand and see the measurement information.

Length of the field: 360 feet (110 meters)

Width of the field: 160 feet (48.8 meters)

Marked 30 feet (9.1 meters) from the End Line

Marked in 5 yard intervals (4.6 meters) throughout the playing field

Marked 9 yards (8.23 meters) from the Side Lines and 1 foot (0.3 meters) from the Yard Lines. Yard Numbers are marked using handheld stencils which are templates in eg. cardboard or plastic to ensure a correct and uniform application of paint.

Marked using 2 feet lines (61 centimeters). Hash marks are divided into Sideline Hash Marks and Infield Hash Marks.

Marked at the 3 Yard Line directly in the middle of the playing field

Show the direction of the opposing team’s end zone

Height of Goal Posts: 20 feet (6 meters) measured from crossbar

Goal width: 18.6 feet (4.7 meters) between inside of goal posts

Crossbar: 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground

Extends 24 feet (7.32 meters) and measures 6 feet ( 1.83 meters) from the Side Line

Lines are 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide. The Side Lines and End Lines may exceed 4 inches in width.

Lines are usually painted in white. However, the Goal Lines and the Coaching Areas may be painted in contrasting colors.

How to Paint American Football Field

What You Will Need:

  • Large tape measure, 200ft or longer
  • Long thin rope, 360ft or longer
  • Field paint
  • 3 people minimum

How Long Does it Take to Paint an American Football Field?

This entire process usually takes approximately 20 man hours. The net time used of course depends on how many people are available for the football field painting. The more people working together, the faster they can measure and mark the football field turf. Split across three people, the process will usually take 6-7 hours.

This is where an automatic field painter can significantly reduce the time and effort required. All of the walking and pulling ropes and measuring distances goes away because the field painter applies a field template which is always 100% accurate. The templates are available in different versions according to the type of American Football that is played.

The templates can be customized whenever necessary. For instance, for training purposes where the hash marks are not required, it’s possible to deselect the hash marks to save time and paint. This can be done instantly with the touch of a button on the user tablet. The hash marks can then be added later when the football field needs to be ready for an actual game.

This is also the case for the coaching and player areas which can be added or removed as necessary. Individual lines of the American Football field can even be deactivated when painting the field. This can be useful for training purposes or if some of the lines should be painted using a different line color.

See how one of our customers uses the automatic field painter to paint American Football fields on artificial turf.


Different Types of American Football

American Football which is played in many different countries and not only in the US can be divided into different levels such as high school football, college football and professional football. The different levels play the game by slightly different rules. The professional level of American Football is called the National Football League, more commonly known as the NFL.


American Football International

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