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No matter what sort of team you’re managing, there’ll come a time when using jumpers as goal posts just won’t cut it anymore. Eventually, you will need a set of professional-standard football goal posts.
The only question is – what sort of football goal posts are right for you and your team?
Luckily, the FA has some clear guidelines concerning the sort of goal post that’s suitable for different age ranges, team sizes, and game types.
Obviously a school PE lesson will have different needs than a premiership match, and the type of goal you use will vary depending on whether you’re playing 5 a side, 7 a side, 9 a side, or 11 a side.
So when choosing your football goal posts, all you have to do is think about who’ll be using them, and why. Do you need goal posts for training? For friendlies? Or for professional high-stakes league games?
Socketed Goal Posts – These are found in thousands of football stadiums, parks, and open spaces across the world. They’re essentially frames inserted into sockets in the ground, using a pocket of concrete to secure them. Socketed goal posts are built to last.
Self-Weighted Goal Posts – Certain pitches, such as those made from Astroturf or 3G, don’t allow for sockets or in-ground fixing. Self-weighted goal posts do the job sitting on top of the playing surface, and they feature built-in weights to stop them from tipping forward to comply with the European standards. Some variants, such as the Stadia Self-Weighted Rollaway Goal, even feature lever lift wheels, to make them easier to remove when not in use.
Freestanding Goal Posts – When the surface isn’t suitable for socketed goal posts, but when there’s no need to move the goal posts on a regular basis, you’re most likely to find freestanding goal posts. Because they don’t feature any inbuilt weights, they need to be secured either by a chain to a nearby fence, or to the ground with the use of some kind of anchor.
Fence-Folding Goal Posts – These are used on artificial pitches where sockets can’t be created, and where there’s not enough room to store away full-sized self-weighted or freestanding goal posts when not in use. They’re usually fixed to a solid wall or a fence behind the touchline, and they fold out on four arms when ready to be used. Then, when no longer required, they can be pushed back until they’re almost flush with the wall or the fence.
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