Despite there being rules and guidelines on the size of football pitches used by clubs to play in the English Premier League games, several clubs do not meet the regulation size of 105 metres long and 68 metres wide.
The club with the smallest pitch in the Premier League (during the 2016-2017 season) is Tottenham Hotspur, whose home ground – White Hart Lane – has a pitch size of 100 metres x 68 metres. Perhaps that is understandable though as the club first moved to the ground in 1899.
In fact Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton and Liverpool also have pitches which don’t meet the required legal size required by the Premier League.
However, they don’t contravene Premier League regulations by abiding to the following five rules relating to football pitches in Premier League:
K.15. – Unless otherwise permitted by the Board, in League Matches the length of the pitch shall be 105 metres and its breadth 68 metres.
K.16. – The Board shall only give permission to a Club for the dimensions of its pitch to be other than as set out in Rule K.15 if it is impossible for it to comply with Rule K.15 due to the nature of the construction of its Stadium.
K.17. – A Club shall register the dimensions of its pitch before the commencement of each Season by giving written notice thereof in Form 8 to the Board.
K.18. – The Board may at any time require a Club to obtain and submit to the Board a report by an independent expert certifying its pitch dimensions.
K.19. – No Club shall alter the dimensions of its pitch during the Season without the prior written consent of the Board.
There’s one thing for sure however that regardless of the size of the pitch, groundsmen have a lot of grass to cut during the football season!