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WHAT GOAL SIZE SHOULD I USE FOR TRAINING AND FOR MATCH DAY?

Official Goal Sizes
ARTICLE BY WILLIAM PARSONS Managing Director Quick Play Sport

This is not as simple a question as you may think and different counties have different approaches. I'll explain why I recommend under 10's train with a 3x1.5m goal and play matches with a 12x6' and why we recommend U7 regularly play 3x3 matches in training using a 1.5x1.m goal. This table show the different approaches different countries have taken with the Swedish FA at one extreme and the English FA at the other.

English FA Rules UEFA Swedish FA Rules
Age Type Goal Size Age Type Goal Size Age Type Goal Size
U7, U8 5 v 5 12' x 6' U6, U7 4 v 4 3 x 1m U6, U7 3 v 3 1.5 x 1m
U9, U10 7 v 7 12' x 6' U8, U9 5 v 5 3 x 1.55m U8, U9 5 v 5 3 x 1.5m
U11, U12 9 v 9 16' x 7' U10, U11 7 v 7 5 x 2m U10, U11 7 v 7 5 x 2m
U13, U14 11 v 11 21' x 7' U12, U13 9 v 9 5 x 2m U12, U13 9 v 9 5 x 2m
U15, U16 11 v 11 24' x 8' U14, U15 11 v 11 24' x 8' U14, U15 11 v 11 24' x 8'
U17, U18 11 v 11 21' x 7' U16, U17 11 v 11 24' x 8' U16, U17 11 v 11 24' x 8'
English FA Rules
Age Type Goal Size
U7, U8 5 v 5 12' x 6'
U9, U10 7 v 7 12' x 6'
U11, U12 9 v 9 16' x 7'
U13, U14 11 v 11 21' x 7'
U15, U16 11 v 11 24' x 8'
U17, U18 11 v 11 21' x 7'
UEFA
Age Type Goal Size
U6, U7 4 v 4 3 x 1m
U8, U9 5 v 5 3 x 1.55m
U10, U11 7 v 7 5 x 2m
U12, U13 9 v 9 5 x 2m
U14, U15 11 v 11 24' x 8'
U16, U17 11 v 11 24' x 8'
Swedish FA Rules
Age Type Goal Size
U6, U7 3 v 3 1.5 x 1m
U8, U9 5 v 5 3 x 1.5m
U10, U11 7 v 7 5 x 2m
U12, U13 9 v 9 5 x 2m
U14, U15 11 v 11 24' x 8'
U16, U17 11 v 11 24' x 8'

Match Goals

For a league or cup match, if there are no fixed goals at the ground you will need a rigid frame goal, here is the goal range we offer: Match Standard Football Goals

Goals for Training

For training there are lots more goal options that are far more portable and quicker to set up, we recommend Kickster Academy Goals for grass and Kickster Elite Goals for Astroturf.

Goals for under 7's and 8's

This age group is the most controversial with the English FA suggesting a 12x6' goal for playing 5 a side while the Swedish use a 1.5x1m goal for playing 3v3. At the end of the day you will need the goal size your home country's FA play with, in the UK this is a 12x6ft goal. My view is it's best to mix up the training at this age and regular 3v3 games are ideal for younger kids. The players get lots of touches of the ball and it's a quick exciting short game. This will help a player develop their technique quicker. The same is true in 4x4 game using a 3x1m goal.

Goals for under 9's and 10's

Again stick to the FA mini soccer rules in the UK and use the 12x6' but I recommend you train with a 3x1.5 goal. The 12x6 is 66cm wider and 32cm higher but for 8 year old kids it can seem very large, especially if they are small. I think keep the goals smaller for longer and learn to be accurate, then on match day it will seem like you can't miss when they move up to the 12x6 goal size!

Goals for under 11's and 12's

At this age kids get big fast so everyone agrees at this age it's time for a bigger goal and the 16x7' and 5x2m are almost identical as the 16x7' is 488cm x 213cm.