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.

If you want more on football and design click here

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


2 views shared on this article. Join in...

  1. The design of the football pitches has not changed much over the years, typically the stadium and stands surrounding the pitches have had updates to increase safety for the crowd alongside actual pitch technology updates such as heated pitches and auto-watering systems.

    For certain locations Synthetic Football Pitches are being rolled out as they require less maintenance and no match markings or painting before use.

  2. By 1880 pitches had a white line around all four sides, some grounds had a channel dug in the ground to determine the touchlines ! previously flags on short poles were used to mark out the area for the match to be played on but frequently the spectators just came onto the pitch, often standing right behind the goal-line itself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>