Fencing Piste

Top view drawing of a Fencing Piste measured with length and width

The Fencing Field of Play, known as the piste, is used for fencing matches and training either in groups or individually. The different types of pistes include rubber conductive pistes, aluminum section pistes, and metallic pistes. Five lines are drawn clearly at right angles and a centerline cuts across the whole width with each side of the centerline having two en-garde lines on each of the center.

At the rear limits are two lines with clearly distinguishing colors to make the fencers aware of their position on the piste. Each fencer will stand 4 cm apart on guard lines after each touch. If the lines are not available, fencers can stand apart where the blades touch when they extend fully to both ends.

Scaled illustration of a Fencing Piste compared to other sports competition areas

Fencing Pistes have an overall competition length of 45.93’ (14 m) and width between 4.92’-6.56’ (1.5-2 m). Fencing en-garde lines are 78.75” (2 m) from the center and warning zones are 78.75” (2 m) from the end of the piste. The total contest area of a Fencing Piste is 21-28 ft² (2-2.6 m²).


*Under Development*

.375” | 10 mm
4.92’-6.56’ | 1.5-2 m (Contest)
45.93’ | 14 m (Contest)

En-garde Lines: 78.75” | 2 m (from center)
Warning Zones: 78.75” | 2 m (from end)
Runoff Extension: 59”-78.75” | 1.5-2 m
Safety Border: 9.84” | 25 cm
Side Clearance: 9.84’ | 3 m
End Clearance: 13.12’ | 4 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 2378 ft² | 221 m²
Surface Materials: Rubber conductive, aluminum sections, or woven metal



Drawings include:
Fencing Piste plan, elevation (fencers)


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Fencing is the combat sport where fencers fight with the traditional skillsets of swordsmanship. The goal of fencing is to accumulate points by touching your opponent with your sword. There are three types of fencing weapons and each type of sword has a rule set and special technique to use.