penalty area


noun Soccer.

the area, 44 yards (40 meters) wide and 18 yards (16 meters) deep, centered on the goal line and extending in front of the goal, where a foul by a defensive player results in a penalty kick for the offensive team.

Nearby words

  1. penalise,
  2. penality,
  3. penalize,
  4. penally,
  5. penalty,
  6. penalty box,
  7. penalty corner,
  8. penalty double,
  9. penalty kick,
  10. penalty killer

Origin of penalty area

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for penalty area

penalty area

noun

soccer a rectangular area in front of the goal, within which the goalkeeper may handle the ball and within which a penalty is awarded for a foul by the defending team
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