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Meaning of penalty area

pen'alty ar"ea

Pronunciation: [key]
— Soccer. Soccer.
  1. the area, 44 yd. (40 m) wide and 18 yd. (16 m) 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.
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