Football Fields 101

How to Paint a Football Field

What are the dimensions of a football field? How do you measure and paint a 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 football field is laid out and painted.

What Are the Dimensions of a Football Field

A football field must be laid out and painted according to the dimensions below.

Length of the field: 360 feet

Width of the field: 160 feet 

Marked 30 feet from the end line

Marked in 5 yard intervals throughout the playing field

Marked 9 yards from the sidelines and 1 foot 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. 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 measured from the crossbar

Goal width: 18.6 feet between the inside of goal posts

Crossbar: 10 feet above the ground

Extends 24 feet  and measures 6 feet from the sideline

Lines are 4 inches wide. The sidelines 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.

The Painting Process

What You Will Need:

How Long Does it Take to Paint a 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 go away because the field painter applies a field template that is always 100% accurate. The templates are available in different versions according to the type of 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 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 football fields on artificial turf.