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To play a regulation game of soccer, you need a soccer goal. There are many different sizes and constructions of
goals. The type you purchase depends on the age of the players, intended use and space availability. Remember, it is
important to always anchor any goal you use to prevent it from falling on the players or passers-by.
Most recreational facility goal posts have a flat surface and are square, hollow aluminum. Professional
goals are circular rather than rounded.
Regulation soccer goals come in three basic shapes: without depth,
with depth, and box.
The net on this goals hangs down on a circular metal frame at approximately a 45-degree angle from the
It is secured either to a ground-bar attached to the goal or by stakes to the ground
These goals are lighter and more portable
The net on a with depth goal extends on a frame off the top crossbar about 2 feet parallel to the ground and
then angles down at a 45 degree angle
These provide more room inside of the goal and help keep players from getting tangled in the net
These goals generally have rounded bars that frame the back of the goal to shape the net and
to add stability
Box goals are essentially rectangular shaped, with the net looped over a box-type frame at right angles off of
the goal posts
These are usually used for professional and other high-level facilities and are very heavy and relatively
The size goal you purchase depends on the age of the players using the field. If you are buying goals for a youth
program, it is recommended you purchase one full size set and two smaller size goals (one for ages 4-7 and one for ages
8-11). Any more than that can cause scheduling and administrative problems.
The standard size regulation goal is 8-feet high by 24-feet (8 yards) wide
A standard goal should be used for all regulation soccer fields used by players 12 years and older
The minimum field width for this size goal is 50 yards; minimum length is 90 yards
U9 to U11
On fields used by 8 to 11 year old players, goals should be 6½ to 7 feet high by 18½ to 21 feet wide
The minimum field width for this size goal is 50 yards, and the minimum length is 70 yards
For 6 to 7 year old players, goals should be 6 ½ feet high by 12 to 18 feet wide
The field size for this age group is a minimum width of 30 yards and a minimum length of 50 to 60 yards
For the youngest players, a goal should be 4 to 4 ½ feet high by 6 to 9 feet wide
Field size for beginner players should be 15 to 30 yards wide and 30 to 50 yards long
It is recommended that you purchase goals that come equipped with net fastener systems, such
as clips or bars
For existing goals, you can purchase clips separately and install them yourself. This will make putting up and
taking off nets much easier
You can also purchase hook-and-loop, Velcro-type strips to wrap around the poles to secure the
net. These need to be replaced frequently.
Many goal systems come with anchors or stakes to secure them to the ground
It is highly recommended to have some sort of anchor system in place on all soccer goals
Nets are made of a synthetic wrapped material and are sized to fit the goal
Refer to sizing charts to match the appropriate net with an existing goal, or the goal you are purchasing