Definitions for "PENALTY AREA"
a 60-foot wide by 18-foot deep rectangular area in front of each goal; the area in which the goalkeeper can use his hands.
In front of each goal( See field of play), the goalkeeper can use his hands to play only within this area. If a major violation is committed inside this area the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick.
The 18-yard rectangle in front of the goal where the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hands. Also the area where harsh fouls committed by the defending team result in penalty kicks.