The square foot is a unit of area and is an imperial unit with the symbol ft².
One square foot is equal in area to a square with edges one foot in length.
It is used a lot in expressing the internal size of a house, apartment, office or other properties so is a useful unit to understand.
The are is a unit of area and is a non-SI but metric unit with the symbol a.
It measures exactly 100m² which is the equivalent to 0.0247 acres.
The are is the principle unit for measuring the size of land across the world.