from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area marked on a soccer field in front of each goal within which a violation of the rules by a defending player results in a penalty kick.
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- n. An area of a soccer pitch extending 18 yards out of the goal, inside which a penalty is given to the offensive team if a foul is made by the defensive team.
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