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.com 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 fifa.com)
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′
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
U8 – Maximum 6′ high and 18′ wide
U10 – Maximum 7′ high and 21′ wide
U12 – 8′ high x 24′ wide