Football goal posts are available in a choice of sizes. Each football goal size is specifically designed to suit the needs of specific age groups and team-sizes.
The Football Association’s (FA) recommendations of which goalpost size is suitable for each age or team size:
The 11 a side game for players aged 14 and over recommend a football goal size with the dimensions 24ft x 8ft (7.32m x 2.44m). This is the goal post size used for all senior matches around the world.
However, due to the average height of the players under 13 and 14, the football goal dimensions are reduced to 21ft x 7ft (6.4m x 2.13m). Even though a smaller goal is used it still caters for an 11 as side game. This smaller 11 a side football goal is commonly referred to as a ‘Youth’ sized football goal.
The 9 a side game for under 11 and 12 recommends a football goal with dimensions of 16ft x 7ft. This is a relatively new football goal size, introduced to the guidelines in 2013. This was done as an intermediate step between the 7 a side and 11 a side games. This is done to aid progression from one type of football game to another.
Both the 7 a side and 5 a side games for age ranges under & 10 and under 8 & 7 respectively, recommend the use of a 12ft x 6ft (3.66m x 1.83m) football goal post. This goal is commonly referred to as a ‘Mini Soccer’ football goal.
Please note that the industry has always referred to a 5 a side football goal as having a 4ft upright height, which occasionally causes a little confusion.
Traditionally, the term “5 a side posts” refers to goalposts that measure to the dimensions 12ft x 4ft (3.66m x 1.22m), or 16ft x 4ft (4.88m x 1.22m). This football goal size is designed to be used on smaller artificial 3G pitches and in indoor 5 a side games in sports halls.
Choosing the right goal size for your team is relatively simple. Just remember: It’s more important to consider the age of your players than the size of your team.
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