Technical Zones Explained

The technical zone is crucial for player safety, event organization, and spectator enjoyment. It is easy to mark the areas with a rope/divider, cones, pain, and good communication amongst all participants.

The following are features of an adequate technical zone:

  • The technical zone is defined as the space in front of the rope/barrier between the 10 m line and the 20 m line.
  • The technical zone ends 2 m from the touchline to give room for players and referees.
  • Coaches may not enter another team’s technical zone or leave their own technical zone.
  • No more than 2 coaches are allowed in the technical zone.
  • Coaches should never enter the field of play or the in-goal area or anywhere of the field of play, during a match.
  • Uncertified coaches should not be in the technical zone.
  • The 4th official, sub controllers, technical zone manager, and statistician may occupy the space between the 10 m lines, which is the administrative area.
  • Chairs may be in the administrative area for any suspended players.
  • A coach or player may not enter the administrative area unless as necessary for substitutions and replacements.
  • A team may have 2 medical professionals to roam either sideline and are not confined to the technical zone.
  • Only one medical professional per team is allowed per side of the field.
  • A 2nd medical professional must be across from the 1st medical professional on opposite sidelines.
  • Coaches are not allowed onto the field with medical personnel, unless explicitly allowed by the match official.
  • Medical personnel should introduce themselves to the match officials before the match begins.
  • Team benches should also be between the 10 m line and a 20 to me and behind the rope/divider, i.e. behind the teams technical zone.
  • Spectators should be on the opposite side line from the teams unless a 2nd rope is present to prevent mixing of spectators with players, staff, and administrators.
  • water carriers must stay behind the rope unless a match official signals that they may enter the playing area.
  • Water carriers should endeavor to wear a top that contrasts with jerseys of players on the field.
  • Coaches may not serve as water carriers.
  • Water carriers should not be in the technical zone.
  • Coaches should not enter the playing area after a score.
  • If required, teams must warm up in the in-goal into which they are attacking, not the in-goal which they are defending.
  • Players warming up must wear a contrasting top.
  • Teams should not warm up with balls, cones, or other equipment if they are warming up in the in-goal.
  • Players moving from the team bench area to the warm-up area must not enter the field of play.