Football Goal Post Advice and Information
You will find some additional information below but if you still have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Goal Safety and preferred options for freestanding goals are:
1. Integrally Weighted Goals
2. Attachment of back bars to FIXED anchorage points i.e. permanently concreted in anchors
3. Attachments to surround fence by means of Fence Type Anchor
4. Attachment of adequate freestanding weights, i.e. Counterbalance Type
Freestanding weights are an effective temporary method of stabilising goal posts, but care should be taken to ensure the correct amount of weight is used i.e. Full size Freestanding and Mini Soccer goals require 6 x HA-ANC-005 per goal. Five A Side goals require 4 x HA-ANC-005 per goal.
When other forms of anchors are to be used i.e. 'U' Pegs, Spira locks or Cork Screw Types, soil conditions play an important part as they may not hold adequately in certain ground conditions. Therefore these types of fixing should only be used where quantitative evidence exists of their effectiveness under the worst predictable ground conditions.
Care should be taken to ensure the attachment of anchors does not create an additional hazard such as entrapment or trip. Goal posts must be anchored at all times whether in use or storage.
All our goals are independently tested by the accredited test house CST (Centre for Sports Technology). All goals are supplied with a copy of the relevant test certificate.
GOAL POST SAFETY PDF AVAILABLE HERE
Youth Development & Small Sided Football
Throughout this catalogue you will notice the varying goal sizes for the vast range of football goals offered. To enable you to determine the size you require please follow the format outlined by the FA.
To implement FAs Future Game playing philosophy the formats of football adopted in the grassroots game should provide young players with the opportunity to develop the skills and techniques necessary to fulfil the demands of the chosen playing approach.
The format of football is determined by: numbers of players on each team; the size of the pitch, ball and goals; the duration of the game; and the structure of the game: halves, quarters or thirds.
Research shows that the format of the game contributes significantly to the types of skill and technique developed in young players. Put simply:
Young players playing on a big pitch will develop different skills than those playing on a smaller pitch.
Research into the structure of youth football in this country highlighted that current formats of the game were not advantageous to the development of technically excellent players.
Young players were playing on large pitches too soon, finding themselves with fewer oppportunities to be involved in the game and less chance to develop their technique, skill and decision-making. Crucially, many werent having fun either.
Refreshed formats of football affording young players more touches of the ball and more decision-making were needed.
In May 2012, after over two years consultation, discussion, and research, FA Shareholders voted in favour of a number of changes to youth football. The successful proposals centred on a refreshed player pathway placing the young player at the centre of the development process.
The agreed changes focus on the formats of football as shown in the age table (above).
These changes will hopefully allow children to play on appropriately sized pitches with appropriate sized goals, encouraging a greater number of touches of the ball and an increased involvement in the game. It is hoped that these changes will help young players develop better technical and decision-making skills from a younger age.
Also listed in this catalogue are two other sizes:
Euro 5m x 2m goals, this is the european format for small
16x6 4.88m x 1.83m goals, commonly used in Scotland and
Ireland for small sided football.
Traditional 5-a-side goals are also listed and available in three sizes.