The dimensions of a soccer goal are universal for international and professional games. However, the size of goals change greatly for younger players who are still learning the game and developing the strength and skills necessary to play the game on a full-sized field.
According to FIFA regulations, the goal in international soccer is eight feet high and 24 feet wide. The goal posts must be a uniform width, which cannot be more then five inches. FIFA allows the goals to be made of wood or metal.
Other Professional Regulations
The goal must be firmly anchored into the ground. The shape of the goal posts may be square, rectangular, circular or elliptical. In addition, no advertising is allowed on the goal, including the net.
U-5 through U-8
The youngest age group, under five, is supposed to use goals that are six feet wide and four feet high. The under six age group plays the same dimensions. When the age increases to under eight, the goal increases to six feet high and 18 feet wide.
U-10 and U-12
In AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), the under ten division is the first time goalkeepers are used and the dimensions of the goal increase to seven feet high and 21 feet wide. Under twelve is the youngest age that is played with full-sized goals that measure 24 feet across and eight feet high.
Recently there has been an increasing push for goalpost padding to be incorporated for the safety of players, especially goalkeepers. Some companies have developed padding that claims to have a minimal effect on the rebound of the ball while offering greater safety should a player collide with the post.
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