Football Goals Buyers Guide

Finding the right football goal for your team is vital. Not only does it ensure the safety of your players, it also allows them to develop their skills more effectively. Here at Clubline Football, we are proud of the wide selection of football goals we have in our range. However, as you make your way through the collection, it can become confusing as to what the best option for your team is. This is where we step in. Our handy Buyers Guide will walk you through all the aspects you need to consider before purchasing a football goal. So, lets get started.

Types of Football Goal Posts 

Let’s start by taking a look at the different types of football goal. There are four different types that we stock and each one is suited to a different game, pitch or environment.

Socketed Football Goals

As one of the most popular options on our list, socketed football goals are the type you are most likely to encounter. The name refers to the way in which they are installed. Best suited to grass pitches, they feature two sockets or metal sleeves. These are fixed within the pitch’s concrete base, below ground level. During installation, the goal is then slotted into these sockets or sleeves. They provide a deep-set support for football pitches making them safe for use. You will commonly find socketed football goals in locations where the goal can be left in place for an extended period of time.

Freestanding Football Goals

For artificial or 3G pitches, freestanding football goals are the best option. They are designed to sit on top of the grounds surface and reduce damage to the pitch. For security, these goals are commonly secured in place using runbacks along the ground that reach to the backbar. They are normally paired with full international net supports. When considering a freestanding football goal, it is important to understand the correct safety procedures. In order to comply with current British safety standards, your goal will need to be anchored to prevent tipping or falling.

Self-Weighted Football Goals

One of the newer appearances in the game of football, self-weighted football goals are pretty self-explanatory. They feature a fixed weight on the backbar, meaning they don’t require any additional anchors. Most goals of this type will come fitted with wheels to make transportation easier. They are the perfect option for clubs or sports environments where the pitches are used for multiple sports. The portability allows them to be moved away quickly or set up in a short time frame.

Pop-Up Football Goals

A popular option for garden kick arounds, pop-up football goals are perfect for non-permanent pitches. They do exactly what they say – they pop up into a fully formed goal in a matter of minutes or even seconds. These modern goals are available in a range of different sizes and styles to suit your needs. They are a brilliant choice if you are limited on space in your playing area or are looking for a goal to take away on holiday.

Football Goal Sizes

Not all football goals are the same size. This differentiation is usually down to player age. Below, we’re broken down the different sizes of goal on offer.

11-A-Side Football Goals

Senior size: 24’ wide x 8’ high (7.32m x 2.44m): These are one of the most popular goals used in the UK. They are best suited for players aged 15+

Junior size – 21’ wide x 7’ high (6.4m x 2.13m): Also known as Junior or Youth football goals. They are best suited to players under 14 years old.

9-A-Side Football Goals

One size – 16’ wide x 7’ high (4.88m x 2.13m): These goals are a popular choice for 3G artificial pitches. They are suitable for players ages 12 years+

7-A-Side Football Goals

‘Mini Soccer’ – 12’ wide x 6’ high (3.66m x 1.83m): Most commonly used on 3G artificial pitches, they are suitable for children under 10 years old.

7-a-side size – 16’ wide x 6’ high (4.88m x 1.83m)

5-A-Side Football Goals

‘Mini Soccer’ – 12’ x 6’ (3.66m x 1.83m) – Can be used for both 7-a-side and 5-a-side games.

Other sizes available include:

  • 16’ wide x 4’ high (4.88m x 1.22m)
  • 12’ wide x 4’ high (3.66m x 1.22m)
  • 8’ wide x 4’ high (2.44m x 1.22m)

These goals are normally used inside sports halls or on fixed size artificial pitches. The 16’ and 12’ options are the most common sizes you will find. They are suitable for players under 8 years old.

Football Goal Sizes by Age

The Football Association (FA) recommends the following goal post sizes for each age group.

Ages Match Size
Under 7/8 years old 5 a-side 12' x 6'
Under 9/10 years old 7 a-side  12’ x 6’
Under 11/12 years old 9 a-side  16’ x 7’
Under 13/14 years old 11 a-side  21’ x 7’
Under 15/16 years old  11 a-side  24’ x 8’
Under 17/18 years old   11 a-side 24’ x 8’
Over 18 years old  11 a-side   24’ x 8’

Materials for Football Goals

There are 3 common materials used for football goals. Each one has its own benefits and properties that make it suitable for different pitches.

Aluminium

These are one of the most popular options on the market. Aluminium football goals are lightweight and durable making them suited to most sporting environments. You are most likely to see them in football stadiums and in club training grounds. They are also a suitable choice for 3G pitches.

There are 3 main types of aluminium football goal profile:

  1. Elliptical – The most popular option and the one you’ll find on professional football pitches.
  2. 80mm diameter
  3. 63.5mm diameter

Steel

For public pitches and open play environments, steel football goals offer the strength to withstand harsh impacts. They are commonly found in parks or communal sporting grounds. These goals are considerably stronger than aluminium goals.

There are 3 main types of steel football goal profile:

  1. 60mm
  2. 76mm
  3. 76mm square – less commonly found but best suited to extremely hard environments.

UPVC

UPVC football goals are extremely lightweight and best suited for garden football. They are ideal for small sided games and have a freestanding installation. For convenience, these smaller goals can be disassembled in no time. They are usually supplied with a carry bag that can be used for both transportation and storage.

Football Goal Net Supports

Another important consideration to make is which goal net supports will best suit your type of football. There are four main types on offer, with each one suited to a different style of play.

International Free-Hanging Net Supports

These are the supports you will usually spot in professional football stadiums. They feature no metal structure within the net itself. This is to eliminate the risk of the ball rebounding out during play. A vital aspect to professional games, they are suitable for use with ‘Box’ shape football nets.

International Net Supports

These tubular supports curve down at an angle towards the ground. They are compatible with traditional football nets and provide the support needed to hold the net in place. You are most likely to see them used with freestanding football goals.

Continental Net Supports

These are also known as a ‘D’ shaped goal support. They form a loop around each of the corners of the cross bar. The ‘D’ shape creates a roof-like structure that allows the net to fall diagonally towards the ground. These supports are also suitable for use with traditional style football nets.

Straight Run Back

This term refers to football goals where no net support has been installed. In this situation, the net will fall diagonally from the crossbar. This low maintenance option is usually found in open or public environments such as parks.

Anything we couldn't answer?

So now that we’ve covered all the basics, the only thing left for you to do is consider whether you’re going to purchase a single goal, a pair of goals or a comprehensive football goal set. Here at Clubline Football, we have a vast range of high quality and affordable football goals available to purchase online. Whether you’re training up the junior team or looking to score big with a professional ground, our football goals are there to support your club. Take a browse through our website here today.  For any questions or queries, our helpful Sales team are on hand to help. Contact then today on +44 (0)1922 745 749 or drop us an email at sales@clublinefootball.com.