This diagram shows how a football pitch was marked out in four separate years - 1869, 1883, 1892 and 1905. Of particular interest is the 1892 diagram. Note the lack of penalty areas - penalties were awarded for fouls inside the 12-yard lines, and the kick could be taken from anywhere along the line. Also unusual are the six-yard rings rather than six-yard boxes, the rings being easier to mark out using ropes tied to the goal posts. By 1905 the familiar pitch markings had been introduced, a major improvement over 1869, when there were no markings, only four corner flags. The diagram is from the 1905 Book of Football.
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