Archive for August, 2011
I was struck by how open Mondays night game was, and how there seemed to be so much space when attacking (particularly for Man United, and particularly towards the end of the game). Gary Neville mentioned that the pitch is really big at Old Trafford in his recent biography, and anyone who has been lucky enough tovisit it will tesify it is a large field. This made us want to investigate…. according to this website (though dated in 2007.. gives us an idea): http://soccerlens.com/premier-league-pitch-sizes/3683/ – it’s the second-biggest pitch in the league… in fact, it’s 786 square yards bigger (by area) than White Hart Lane where Tottenham, the defeated team play! Spurs ground is small, close, intimate – probaby more theatre than the Theatre of Dreams. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that United tend to drop off rather than press when they’re not in posession, and are so effective on the counter-attack using all that space with quick decisive, youthful, direct attacking soccer.
And this to a US sports coach may seem odd, where standard field sizes are more defined, for example American football fields are a set 360 by 160 feet. Rugby league is played on a field 112-122 by 68 metres. In Rugby Union (yes there are two variants) the field of play on a pitch/field is as near as possible to a maximum of 144m long by 70m wide. In Lacrosse, the field of play is 110 yards (100 m) long and 60 yards (55 m) wide.)