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what is the D for in football

asked in sport football

xoloriib answers:

It indicates the distance from the penalty spot usually 10 yards.

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cryptminder answers:

The Penalty Area

A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows:
Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 16.5 m (18 yds) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of 16.5 m (18 yds) and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area.

Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 11 m (12 yds) from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) from each penalty mark.is drawn outside the penalty area.


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P-Kasso answers:

Both earlier answers are correct but it is also the demarcation line behind which all players (except the one taking the penalty and the defending goalie) have to stand to be a regulation distance away from the ball when the penalty is taken.

This stops any interference and also stops players crowding in to take unfair advantage of a rebound.

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