The first step in learning how to paint a soccer field, measure it and determine where the goals are going to sit. A basic rule is, regardless of how long or wide it will be, the field has to be divided in equal halves. To do that, if a fifty yards long measuring tape is not available, a long coil of cord or cable will be useful, every time it is not too elastic. For the purposes of this procedure, we will distinguish field, which is the available surface, and pitch, the actual area where the game takes place. Two yards of extra space between the pitch and any natural obstacles are necessary for safety.
- Start by hammering a stake to mark one corner of the field, and tape it with a letter A. This will be the start point from where you have to tie the cord for all your measures.
- Follow one side of the pitch, parallel to any boundaries in the field, stretching the cord until you find an obstacle or go over one hundred yards. The measures recommended for a professional field are 100 to 110 meters (or 328 to 360 ft.) long and 64 to 75 meters (210 to 245 ft.) wide.
At the desired distance, a new stake should be placed, with a letter B tag. Now, you have to mark the end lines in a straight angle. This can be somewhat difficult, but a way to make it right is remembering that the diagonals across the pitch have to be equal.
Place a letter C stake at a distance of no more than half the distance between A and B, and another letter D in the other end. Clockwise, the perimeter should be assigned by A, B, C and D. The distance between A and B should be equal to the distance between C and D. Also, the distance between A and C should be the same as the one from B to D.
- The center point will be marked by the intersection between the diagonals. In order to make any adjustments, avoid modifying the first two stakes, that represent the only known geometrically straight line.
- To start painting a soccer field , from the center point, you can divide the pitch in halves, and position the goals. Also, the boxes can be now drawn. Always try to use cord and stakes before painting. There are two boxes, the big one being 40,32 meters (132.28 ft) wide and 16,50 (54.13 ft.) long and the small one 18,32 meters (60.10ft.) wide and 5,50 meters (18.04 ft.) long. The goal is 7,32 meters (24.02 ft.) wide and 2,44 meters (8.01 ft.) tall. A penalty spot has to be marked eleven meters (36.09 ft.) from the goal line in the middle of the pitch. A semi circular section has to be painted 9,15 meters (30.02 ft.) from the penalty point, but only in the outside of the box. Also, a full circle with a diameter of 9,15 meters (30.02 ft.) from the center point must be painted. Finally, one quarter circle with a diameter of one meter (3.28 ft.) in each of the corners has to be painted.
Commonly, lime is used to paint soccer fields around the world, for the sake of economy and the environment. A number of devices can be used to do so, from carts with a "wet wheel" to simple brushes are used, depending on availability, knowledge and terrain.