Posted on September 11, 2014
No, not scoring them. That’s another post for another day.
We’re talking about the space between the posts. Whether you’re hosting a regional tournament, drilling in the backyard, coaching kids or playing pick-up games on Sundays, it’s important to buy goals that suit your needs.
Like many things in life, goals come in all shapes and sizes. For U6 and U8 players, use a 6’ x 18’ goal (or smaller). U10 and U12 players should use goals that measure 6’ x 18’. The standard size for a goal is 8’ x 24’, This is also the recommended size for U14 players and older. Due to the game’s quick pace and smaller playing surface, futsal goals are typically smaller, measuring around 7’ x 10’.
Most goals are made of plastic or metal. Plastic goals are lightweight, durable and ideal for practice and backyard play or drilling. Metal goals are usually made of aluminum, are heavy and used for match play. They are not designed to be moved around constantly, and are weather resistant.
FIFA’s regulations dictate that goals must be made of metal, wood, or other approved material.
Designed for small-sided games, pick-up games, practices and youths, these are the lightest and most flexible goals. These goals are great for beginning youth players, because they are more flexible and are usually smaller. Portable goals are often curved, which makes them easier to fold up and transport, as well as practice scoring.
Training goals enable players (alone, or in groups) to practice rebounding and shooting. These types of goals are great for solo practice and drills. Since you don’t have to waste time chasing after the ball, you get more touches on the ball and a more productive practice session.
Replacement nets: It’s a good idea to ensure that you can find a replacement net for your new goal. Due to ordinary weather conditions and play, it will inevitably wear out. You can find our collection of nets here.
Anchors: Designed for stability and safety, anchors are important for keeping goals in the ground during regular play, windy weather conditions or difficult ground conditions like slippery artificial grass or an exceptionally wet or dry artificial surface. Anchors can be pegs, sandbags, U-shaped, straight, metal posts or a variety of other shapes, depending on the surface of play.
Net clips: Net clips attach the nets to the goals.
Wheels: Designed to avoid damaging the grass on the field and make moving goals much easier. Attaching wheels to the goal especially helpful during tournament play that requires a quick set-up and break down of a playing field.
Check out SOCCER.COM for a wider variety of goals and goal accessories.