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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.
Origin of penalty area
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All indirect free kicks awarded inside the penalty area will be taken from the nearest point outside the penalty area.
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British Dictionary definitions for penalty area

penalty area

(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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