Football Pitch: Best of British


The Times are doing a round up of the best of British Design. My nomination is the Football Pitch. This is what I said:

“The design of the football pitch is elegantly simple. A giant sized
graphic that distils footballs origin as a village vs. village free for
all, played over a landscape of fields, rivers, hedges, houses into a
minimalist arrangement of rectangles, circles and dots. Amazingly – all
designed by committee, without any designers.” I could go on. In fact, if any of you were to commission a 25 part documentary on football pitches, I’d probably tell you that it would be too hard to squeeze that subject into such a timeframe.

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Below are some images showing the development of pitch markings from 1863 (when the English FA formed) up to 1902.
pitch1863.gif pitch1891.gifpitch1902.gif

The only other change was made in 1937 – the penalty arc. more here


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