Soccer Goal Size and Material Requirements

While adult soccer goals are a standard 8′ x 24′ youth soccer goal sizes vary.  Different organizations recommend different goal sizes for each age group.  Our Suggested Soccer Goal Size Chart can give you some assistance.  However, to make sure you have accurate information on recommended goal sizes for your area we suggest you check with your local soccer league  for their specific requirements.

Soccer Goal Size Requirements By Organization:

FIFA defines a soccer goal in this manner; “A goal consists of two upright posts equidistant from the corner flag posts and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The goalposts and crossbar must be made of wood, metal or other approved material. They must be square, rectangular, round or elliptical in shape and must not be dangerous to players.

‘The distance between the posts is 7.32 m (8 yds) and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2.44 m (8 ft).

Both goalposts and the crossbar have the same width and depth, which do not exceed 12 cm (5 ins). The goal lines must be of the same width as the goalposts and the crossbar. Nets may be attached to the goals and the ground behind the goal, provided that they are properly supported and do not interfere with the goalkeeper.

The goalposts and crossbars must be white.”

The position of the goalposts in relation to the goal line must be according to the graphics (shown on

NCAA, (National Collegiate Athletic Association)

The NCAA Soccer 2012 and 2013 Rules and Interpretations Book Rule 1.9, (Goals) states:

“The goals shall be anchored, secured or counterweighted.  The goal posts, which shall be superimposed on goal lines of the same width and depth, shall consist of two posts, equidistant from the corner flags and 8 yards (7.32 m) apart (inside measurement), joined by a horizontal crossbar of similar material, the lower edge of which shall be 8 feet (2.44 m) from the ground.

The width or diameter of the goal posts and crossbar shall not be less than 4 inches (10.16 cm) nor more than 5 inches (12.7 cm).  The posts and crossbar may be square, rectangular, round or elliptical in shape, and shall be painted white.

In addition, no markings other than a single manufacturer’s identification/logo of appropriate size may appear on the goal posts or the crossbar. “

NFHS (National Federation of High School)

Rule 1-4-1 – Goals: The goals shall be placed on the goal line. They shall consist of two upright posts between 4 inches and 5 inches in projected diameter placed an equal distance from the corner flags and 8 yards apart (inside measurement). The rear of each goal post shall be on the outer edge of the goal line. The tops of the posts shall be joined by a 4-inch, but not more than 5-inch horizontal crossbar, the lower edge of which shall be 8 feet from the ground. Soccer goals shall be white. No markings other than a single manufacturer’s identification/logo may
appear on the goal posts or crossbar.
Metal pipes of 3 to 4 inches in diameter may be used. If portable goals are used, they shall be adequately anchored, secured or counter-weighted to the ground. If used on a football field, portable goals should be anchored at least 2 yards in front of the base of the existing football goalposts.
The vertical portion of the soccer goal post may be padded with commercially manufactured material for soccer goals. This material shall be white, have a maximum thickness of one inch, be a minimum of 72 inches high and shall be properly secured. No markings other than a single manufacturer’s identification/logo may appear on the goal post padding.

This is from NFHS May 5th, 2010 Rules interpretation – National Federation High School rules.

US Youth Soccer

The US Youth Soccer website lists the following sizes for youth soccer goals:

U6  6′ x 18′ or smaller

U8 6′ x 18′ or smaller

U10  6′ x 18′ or smaller

U12  6′ x 18′

U14 and older  8′ x 24′


AYSO’s website lists the following sizes for youth soccer goals;

Jamboree Games – Maximum of 4′ high and 6′ wide or 2 tall cones set 6 feet apart

U6 – Maximum 4′ high and 6′ wide OR four tall cones, two each set six feet apart

U8Maximum 6′ high and 18′ wide

U10 – Maximum 7′ high and 21′ wide

U12 8′ high x 24′ wide

Check out some of our favorite soccer goals in the following sizes;

2′ x 4′ Soccer Goals
4′ x 6′ Soccer Goals
6′ x 12′ Soccer Goals
6′ x 18′ Soccer Goals
7′ x 21′ Soccer Goals
8′ x 24′ Soccer Goals
8′ x 24′ Box-style Soccer Goals

Shopping For Back-up Netting For Your Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball or Soccer Facility? Here are 3 Tips To Help You Shop Better…

Back-up netting at soccer stadium.Back-up netting behind soccer goal.Back-up netting for your soccer, lacrosse, baseball, or softball facility can help protect buildings, cars, fans and passers-by. The protection offered by back-up netting makes it a worthwhile investment. Just how big an investment you ask?  Well, that depends, there are so many options.

Many variables affect what type of back-up netting system you should choose;  budget, climate,  how the net will be used,  who will be maintaining the netting system, to name a few.  To insure you’ll get back-up netting that will meet your needs and fit your budget do some homework before you start shopping.

1.) Determine what your needs are;

• Will you need just the nets or will you need a complete back-up netting system with something to anchor the netting such as posts?

• Will the nets stay up all the time?  if not how often will they need to be taken down?  Who will be taking them down, (trained maintenance staff or others?)

• Will the posts be permanent or will they need to be moved?  If they will need to be moved how often will they need to be moved and by whom?

• What will be the smallest object you are trying to stop? (This will help you determine what mesh size will work best for you.)

• How big an area do you want to protect with the netting?

2.)  Do some research and know some basic facts about back-up netting before you start getting prices.  We’ll get you started with our  recommendations for;

A. Height Of the Posts

• For soccer 20’ is the minimum, 25’ is better, 30’ will stop the majority of balls behind the goal

• For baseball and softball 30’ to 40’ is common for behind home plate

• For lacrosse 10′ is minimum, 15′ is better and 20′ is great

B.  Length Of the Net*

• Typically for soccer nets are installed behind the goals. 60’ wide is the minimum, 85’ is recommended and 132’ covers the width of the penalty box.

• Baseball and softball back-up netting is custom and is based on the needs of the facility.

• The width of lacrosse fields vary and so does the length of back-up nets.  The most common back-up nets for lacrosse are somewhere between 110′ – 170′.

*Keep in mind you will never stop all the balls in any sport. Obviously the bigger the net, the greater the chance of stopping more balls.

C. Size Of the Smallest Object You Want To Stop To Determine the Optimal Mesh Size

• Soccer, volleyball, football, basketball – 4” mesh

• Baseball or softball -1 ¾” or 1 7/8” mesh

• Lacrosse and hockey – 1 ½” or 1 3/16” mesh

• Golf – 7/8” mesh

3. Plan ahead so you can set a realistic budget.

In our experience most people underestimate the cost of a good back-up netting system.  Quality, durable back-up net systems aren’t cheap, but a well designed system will last for many years.  As with most big projects, it’s best to plan well in advance.

When planning for your system it will be best for your budget to opt for a stationary back-up netting system.  If your facility can utilize a stationary system the costs will be less than a sleeved or ground anchor system and considerably less than a portable system.  Portable systems are by far the most expensive.

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Two wheeled soccer goals pushed together and locked together for safety at Murray Park in Murray

You’ve probably already heard  the bad news:  Movable soccer goals can be dangerous – they can injure and even kill people if improperly used.  The good news is there are many things you can do to make sure your movable soccer goals are safe.  See the checklist below for specifics soccer goal safety suggestions

The American Society For Testing and Materials, (ASTM), developed a standard for tip-resistant soccer goals.  It is titled ASTM F2673 – 08 Standard Safety Specification for Special Tip-Resistant Movable Soccer Goals.  You can read a summary of this standard or purchase it in its entirety on the ASTM website.

As ASTM F2673  indicates the first step towards movable soccer goal safety is to start with a safer goal.  This does not mean that goals labeled tip-resistant are tip-proof.  Any movable goal can tip in the right conditions unless it is properly anchored.  See some of Keeper Goals soccer goals meeting the criteria of ASTM F2673

In accordance with ASTM F2673 we urge the purchaser of ANY movable soccer goal to make certain all movable soccer goals are anchored and secured at all times. Additional weights, stakes and anchors are always available that can help you help make your goals even safer for the users. We encourage the use of these items for your soccer goals at all times.

Duckbill underground anchor on a wheeled soccer goal.

Underground duckbill anchor – an excellent way to secure a movable soccer goal.

A few points to be aware of regarding ASTM F2673:

  • ASTM F2673 sets standards for soccer goals that are tip-resistant, not tip-proof.  (All movable goals should always be anchored or secured regardless of whether or not they meet the ASTM Standards For Tip Resistant Soccer Goals.)
  • Tests to pass ASTM 2673 simulate 2 110 lb. children hanging and swinging from the crossbar.
  • ASTM 2673 only applies to soccer goals 6.5 x 18’ and larger.) However, any size movable soccer goal can tip under the right conditions, (high winds, uneven ground, enough force/weight applied to the goal.)
  • Smaller goals that are exempt from ASTM 2673 are often heavy enough to cause serious injury or death if over-turned.

Education and awareness are also critically important to enhanced soccer goal safety. You can help by educating the users of movable soccer goals, (players, parents, maintenance staff, coaches, ect.) You can find more information by visiting our website’s safety page. Soccer goal safety information is also available upon request. Please feel free contact us with any questions at or 800-594-5126;

Soccer Goal Safety Checklist:

  • Movable goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times.
  • Wheeled goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times and additionally the wheels must be locked and the vertical slide must be in a down position at all times, (other than when the goals are actually being moved.)
  • Do not set-up, use or store any goal on a slope or hill.
  • Check that all fastenings are tightened securely.
  • Consistently check to ensure that no one has tampered with fasteners.
  • Regularly inspect the structural integrity of the goal.
  • Check for broken welds or parts. Do not use a goal with broken parts.
  • NEVER climb on, or hang from, the framework of a goal. This message should be repeatedly told to kids, coaches and parents.
  • Regularly check to insure warning labels are visible on all movable soccer goals.
  • Goals should only be moved by trained adults. Have adequate manpower when moving goals. Use caution when moving goals.
  • Goals should be re-anchored after each move.
  • Remove nets when goals are not in use.
  • Never leave children unsupervised with soccer nets.
  • Make sure goals are secured by locking them together, or anchoring them to the ground, before leaving the field.
  • Make sure the goals you buy meet the standards set by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission and the American Society For Testing and Materials.





The best type of soccer nets for use in 5 common situations:

Choosing the right type of soccer net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.), can help you make the best use of your equipment budget. Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.

Black http 2" soccer net on small folding soccer goal

1.) You need a net for small soccer goals:

Best choice is a net with a smaller mesh size, (1 ¾” or 2” mesh is optimal.) Why?

  • The smaller the mesh size the less likely kids will climb on them.
  • On a small goal the ball hits the same spot of the net more often than a net on a larger goal.
  • The smaller mesh size means the net will be able to take more hits in the same spot before it tears.
  • A net with a smaller mesh size will allow for more tears in net before the net has to be replaced.
  • Safety is a factor as there have been several instances of kids getting stuck in a net with a large mesh size, greater than 5 inches, and being injured or killed.

2.) You need soccer nets for a hot climate with a lot of sun exposure:

Choose a net made from HTTP, (high tenacity polypropelene). Why?

  • HTTP is treated for sun protection all the way through the net.
  • Many other types of nets, (many nylons and PE’s are simply coated with a sun protectent which is not as effective against the suns rays as when the entire fiber is sun protected.
soccer nets in a group

3.) You have to take your soccer nets down after each use:

  • You may want to opt for net made from a smaller material thickness, (ie. A 3 mm net vs. a 6 mm net). Why?
  • The smaller the material thickness the lighter the net. True the net might not last quite as long, but the wear and tear on the people carrying them around may win out here. It is best as they are quite a bit lighter. For many this trumps the strength found in a thicker net.
3 mm twist soccer net on movable soccer goal. Soccer net is yellow.

4.) You need nets you can leave up:

In spite of promises from the grounds crew to be careful they can’t seem to avoid mowing the net when they mow the grass. Solutions:

  • Buy a less expensive net.
  • If you have a stadium style or box style net use a net storage bar which will lift the net off the ground. Learn more >

5.) You need nets for a field in a high wind area.

The best choice for soccer nets in an area where there are often strong winds is a larger mesh net, 4” or greater. Why?

  • Less wind resistence. Safer. Small mesh nets can act like a sail with wind and put undo stress on soccer goals that are staked down or have wheels.

5 Factors To Consider When Buying Team Shelters:

If you’ve started looking at team shelters for your soccer stadium you probably quickly learned they aren’t cheap. You want to make sure you get good value for your money. You want the shelters you choose not only look great, but also best meet the needs of your situation and will last for many years. Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.

Download complete Team Shelter Buyer’s Guide from Keeper Goals >

European style team shelters for use in a stadium where there is not a lot of space between the stands and the field.

1.) Are there any size restrictions for your team shelters?

Take a close look at the exact location your shelters will be placed. Is there a fence that will determine how far back the shelters can go? Will there be seating directly behind the team shelters which would limit the height you’d like the shelters to be? How wide can the shelters be? Are there other site lines you need to be aware of?

Black team shelter with aluminum bench inside the shelter

2.) Do you already have benches you want to continue to use?

If you have athletic team benches you may want to continue to use them and essentially place them inside your new shelters. This could save you money. Ask the manufacturer of the shelters you are looking at if this is an option. Be ready to provide the manufacturer with the length, depth and width of your benches so you can get accurate information.

Rain Cloud

3.) What type of weather will your shelters will be used in?

Do you play soccer, field hockey, football or lacrosse in wind, rain, sleet, snow, and wind? If yes, then you want to make sure the team shelters you purchase are built to protect your players from these factors as well as the sun. Imagine yourself standing or sitting inside the shelter with rain coming down, and blowing at you from above, behind and to the side of you. Are you protected in all these instances? (We haven’t seen any shelters that will protect you when rain or snow if blowing directly into your face. Please let us know if you find one that does this.

Team shelter with wheels

4.) Will the team shelters be permanent or will they be moved occasionally?

If they will be moved, what type of surface will they be moved across and where will they be stored when not in use?
You’ll want to make sure the shelters are equipped with the proper type of wheels to move them across the type of surface you have. You’ll also want to make sure they can be moved into your storage space, (ie. will the wheels allow you to move the shelter forward, backward, sideways, at angles, ect.?

Cloud with wind blowing

5.) Do you have any wind load requirements your team shelters should be designed to be able to handle?

We have found shelters used in some areas of the United States and Canada require stronger frames and anchoring systems if they will be in high wind areas.

Read our Team Shelter Buyers Guide now >

Learn more about Keeper Goals Team Shelters >

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Buying soccer nets? Some helpful information…

Choosing the right type of soccer net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.), can help you make the best use of your equipment budget. Read on to learn about the most common types of material used for soccer nets in the USA. Keeper Goals carries soccer nets in all these types of material.


3 Most Common Types of Soccer Net Materials

How long will a soccer net last?

5 Helpful Facts For Soccer Net Buyers

3 Most Common Types of Soccer Net Materials:

HTTP socce net

HTTP or HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene)

This type of material is used to produce items that require higher strength, such as safety nets or cargo nets. HTPP nets have a longer life when exposed to sun than PE or Nylon.

4 mm braid blue polyethylene soccer net PE

PE(Polyethylene) Monofilament, (a thick and stiff yarn)

PE is normally made with a twisted-knot; or, for added strength, a braided knot. It is the most common type of soccer net made. Most PE soccer nets are imported. It is important to realize that not all nets are made equally. Do not assume a 3mm-twist from one company has the same strength as a 3mm-twist as another.



The most common net produced in the United States. Nylon is available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and styles. Because it is readily available, it is easy to use for a custom-made net.

How long should a soccer net last?

So, you want to buy a soccer net and you’d like to know how long it will last? Unfortunately it is impossible to accurately predict how long a soccer net will last – so many variables come into play. Netting-wear depends on the thickness of the net, the size of the mesh, the type of material used to make the net, the weather conditions, (rain, snow and sun exposure), the amount of use, and the intensity of the use.

The good news is you can choosing the right type of net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.) that will help you maximize your budget. The following 5 helpful facts give you a little more information that can help you make an informed decision.

5 Helpful Facts For Soccer Net Buyers:

  1. HTPP net material is stronger than the same thickness of nylon or PE net material and it weathers better.
  2. A braided net is always stronger than a twisted net.
  3. Knotless netting is stronger than knotted netting.
  4. The smaller the mesh size, (the holes in the net), the longer the net will last under same playing conditions.
  5. It is less expensive to purchase an oversized net than to have one specially made to custom size.

Contact us for help deciding which soccer nets are best for your situation.

Call 800-594-5126 M-F 8 am – 5 pm CST or email us.