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Football Pitch Size varies across the Premier League and beyond Unbeknownst to many, the size of a football pitch varies across all levels of the game whether at grassroots or even throughout the English Premier League. At grassroots level, you will find that dimensions of football pitches are a complete lottery. One week you'll find yourself wedged in what feels like someone's front lawn, the next week wandering a great African Savannah. Football pitch size consistency is certainly not something that you can expect or will ever get. So what exactly is the correct size of a football pitch and by how much does the size vary?
Well as shown by our lovely diagram on the right, the actual length of a football pitch can vary enormously from 100 yards (91.44m) to 130 yards (118.9m). Furthermore football pitch width can vary by 100% from just 50 (45.7m) to 100 yards (91.44m). So if you think that West Ham's pitch at Upton Park appears to be small, but aren't sure whether you need a new pair of glasses, the answer is your eyesight is perfectly correct. The fact of the matter is that sizes of Premiership football pitches do differ, but not by as much as you might think. Is there are a correlation between the success of the team and the pitch size? We'll let you decide...
2012-2013 Premiership Football Pitches Sizes
1. Manchester City, The Etihad Stadium - 116.5 x 78 yards - 8932 sq.yards - Capacity: 48,000 (all seated) The Etihad Stadium Address: Etihad Campus, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M11 3FF The Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, is one of the premiership's largest stadiums
2. Manchester United, Old Trafford 116 x 76 - 8816 sq.yards Ground - Capacity: 76,100 (all seated) Old Trafford Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 0RA
3. Southampton Football Club, St Mary's Stadium - 115 x 74.5 yards - 8740 sq.yards - Capacity: 32,690 (all seated) St Mary's Stadium Address: Britannia Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 5FP
4. Stoke City, Britannia Stadium - 115 x 75 yards - 8625 sq.yards - Capacity: 28,383 (all seated) Britannia Stadium Address: Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG
5. Newcastle United, Sports Direct Arena - 115 x 74.4 yards - 8556 sq.yards - Capacity: 52,387 (all seated) Sports Direct Arena (St James's Park) Address: Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4ST
6. West Bromwich Albion, The Hawthorns - 115 x 74 yards - 8510 yards - Capacity: 28,003 (all seated) The Hawthorns Stadium Address: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, B71 4LF
7. Swansea City, Liberty Stadium, 115 x 74 yards - 8510 sq.yards - Capacity 20,500 (all seated) Liberty Stadium Address: Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA Should they have made the Emirates Stadium slightly larger?
17. Everton, Goodison Park - 110 x 74 yards - 8150 sq.yards - Capacity: 40,569 (all seated) Goodison Park Stadium Address: Goodison Road, Liverpool, Mereseyside L4 4EL
18. Queens Park Rangers, Loftus Road - 112 x 72 yards - 8064 sq.yards - Capacity 19,100 (all seated) Loftus Road Address: South Africa Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7PJ
19. Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane- 110 x 73 yards - 8030 sq.yards - Capacity: 36,214 (all seated) White Hart Lane Address: Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, London, N17 0AP 20. West Ham United, - 110 x 70 yards - 7700 sq.yards - Capacity: 35,016 (all seated) Upton Park Address: Boleyn Ground, Green Street, Upton Park, London, E13 9AZ
So the bottom line is that it's not your eyes deceiving you, football pitches do indeed vary in length and width. Perhaps the difference is hardly worth batting an eyelid for, but we can safely say that the Manchester City and Manchester United pitches are the largest in the Premier League. Furthermore both teams finished at the top of the table in 2011-2012...any correlation?