Did you know fake product reviews make consumers more than twice likely to choose poor quality products

Did you know fake product reviews make consumers more than twice likely to choose poor quality products

Read the full detailed behavioral study  – click here to read the Which? study.

When buying goalposts, in particular, we recommend the following key points to check before you click to buy

  1. The length of the guarantee specifically on PVC goals. The longer the guarantee on a plastic goal indicates the inherent strength of the product design.
  2. Check the product reviews actually mention the product and how it stands up to the football game, not just how fast the delivery service was.
  3. Look closely at the product images and check for the video assembly which highlights the product design.
  4. Check the assembly instructions, a product that is built well will stand up the strongest
  5. Check the prices but compare what is included – a quality product may be a little more expensive but will last much longer.
  6. Check the top net stanchion supports lock in place.
  7. Check if the company is established and has a proven track record and offer spare parts backup.

Kids Football Goals – Buying Guide

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Kids Football Goals – Buying Guide
What to look for when buying KIDS FOOTBALL GOALS:

The play area, the garden, the local park?
Child’s age
Goal Type
Product Design
Safety – (avoid steel freestanding goals)
Goalposts durability
​​​​​​Goalpost set up
Goalpost Guarantee

The play area, the garden, the local park?

The size of your garden is an important factor to consider when choosing your Kids Football Goals – Buying Guide. If you only have a small area, there is no point in choosing a goal which is too large. Always measure the space you have before ordering kids goalposts, goal sizes traditionally are shown in feet and inches and they are also shown in metres so make sure you check.

Kids age

The Football Association recommends the following:

Goal Post size Guide for Kids Football Goals
Under 7-8 years old  Format 5v5  – Goal size 12”x6′  ( 8’x6′ is also a popular size)
Under 9-10 years old Format 7v7  – Goal size 12”x6′
Under 11-12 years old Format 9v9  – Goal size 16”x7′

For Older Children and Teenagers:
Under 13-14 years old  Format 9v9 or 11v11  – Goal size 21’x7′  (24×8)
Under 15-18 years old Format  11v11 – Goal size 24’x8′

For Adult Games:
Under 18 years old + Format  11v11 – Goal size 24’x8′

Goal Type

If the goal is to be used at home and needs to be left outside year round, we would recommend a weatherproof material; uPVC or aluminium. Some goalposts are made in multiple sections so they pack in bags and can be stored after games. If you intend to leave kids goals outside we would recommend a single section crossbar or a two section crossbar version goalpost, the less sections the goal has the more rigid and straight the crossbar will be, particularly on goals 12′ wide and above.  The goalposts made by ITSA GOAL  are robust, weatherproof and long-lasting which is why they include a much longer guarantee than competitors’ goals.

Goalposts durability & Product Design

The goals you chose should be of a solid construction and include a Guarantee ideally longer than one year. The nets should be 2.5mm thick and be weather and rot proof or they will perish, and be 100mm square mesh to prevent children’s head entrapment.  We would recommend looking at the corner bracket design, ITSA GOAL and FOOTIE GOAL branded goals include a locking spigot so that the horizontal top net supports lock into place, this design is much better than goals with top stanchions that push in with no locking – take a look at the video of the Kids football goals – installation and the close up of the goalpost corner brackets.

The picture below shows the difference between an engineered corner bracket made by Itsa Goal (left) and Far East goalpost corners used on the Striker goal supplied by Smyth’s toy shop(middle) and samba goal corner brackets (right). The Smyth’s Striker toy goalposts have much thinner nets only 1.5mm thick that will just not last. The tubing used is considerably smaller and weaker with rear net support tubes only 30mm in diameter. This clearly shows the difference between toys and proper sports equipment.  Why buy a toy when for around the same money you can buy a goal with a longer warranty that looks better has thicker nets and will last? Buy a poor quality cheap toy and it will end up in a landfill. Buy a plastic Footie or Itsa Goal and it can last a soccer lifetime.

ITSA GOAL & FOOTIE GOAL Corner bracket is on the left –  The products middle and right are NOT  ITSAGOAL OR FOOTIE GOAL PRODUCTS. The photo was taken with the parts next to each other so they are proportional and it shows how much smaller the corner bracket of the Striker goal is and takes a smaller diameter post and crossbar.

The corner bracket image of the samba goal also demonstrates the large holes in the corner bracket where the back net support tubes spragg in place, in contrast the ITSAGOAL corner on the left has a separate spigot that is designed to lock in, it is specially strengthened internally and the net support is designed to lock in place over the spigot so the back net supports stay firmly in place.

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300% Stronger ITSA GOAL POST corner brackets
The wall thickness of the ITSAGOAL Corner bracket has been measured to be 300% thicker and stronger than the samba corner bracket.

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Quality Goal netting

ITSA GOAL POST netting is manufactured in strong weatherproof 2.5mm white polyethylene twine. See the quality of the ITSAGOAL netting compared to the Smyth’s Striker goal netting shown below. The ITSA GOAL netting has stronger and thicker net twine and a quality braided edge clearly shown below – This will extend the life of the goal net. Avoid goals with thin pea type netting.

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Safety – (Avoid Heavy Steel Freestanding Goals)

It is important that the goals you choose comply with the relevant BS Standards for football goals. Many companies are quoting BS 8462, please note this standard is now out of date and all goalposts should conform to BS EN 16579:2018 – GOALPOST SAFETY STANDARD. The main safety aspect to consider when buying goals is to note that lightweight goals are safer for children especially the very young.  ITSA GOAL invented the first portable lightweight uPVC mini soccer goal in 1989 and has been working for decades to allow safer lightweight goals to be allowed into the safety standard. It is only in recent years and with the support of the F.A  in more recent times working with the British Standards Institute that the safety standard now includes lighter goals not just and mini-goals but also on larger children’s goals used by teenagers. For more detailed information on the goalpost safety standards please visit the football goals and the goalpost safety information page click here.

​​​​​​Goal set up

Your football goals should be set up in accordance with the instructions. The goal frame should be anchored down to keep it in shape and stop it from moving and the net should be attached to the goal using all of the net fittings provided included with your goal. All Kids football goal- plastic football goal fitting instructions can be downloaded to view before purchasing, click the link. Red safety Pegs are an advantage for children’s goals as they are safer then metal pegs and may cause injury, the red nylon safety pegs in contrast are safety for children and also do not damage lawn mowing equipment.


In general kid’s goalposts will need little maintenance. A quick wipe down once a year.  A very good tip is to add your net into a washing bag- zipped to protect washing machines and the net will come up like brand new. Nets can be nibbled by rabbits so if you are prone to rabbits in your garden always lift netting off the ground after use.

Product Review not just service Reviews

Read the goalpost reviews. most reviews, especially on low-cost kids goals, just state how fast the goal was delivered……You really need to read how good the goalpost was for play and it stands up to a football striking the back of the net…read the football goal reviews for ITSA GOAL POSTS click here.  Each product on soccertackle.com also has a list of customer reviews.

Goalpost Guarantee
Length of Guarantee –  ITSA GOALPOSTS  and FOOTIE GOALS are confident in their products and know the goals will last many years, so we offer a much longer guarantee than our competitor’s kids football goals. ITSA GOAL Goalpost Guarantee information

Should you have any queries regarding kids football goals please either email sales@itsagoal.net
or Call our GOAL LINE: 0114 242 4244


Click here to view Kids Football Goals available from soccertackle.com

One of the most popular kids football goals is the 8’x4′ click to view 

Garden Goals

Garden Goals – Best Range of Garden Goals 2020

Goalspost Reviews & Buying Advice

Garden Goals for sale in the U.K.   We recommend uPVC Garden goals for very young children as the goals are lightweight in case freestanding goals post topple. Older children up to 11 are also advised to play in safe lightweight uPVC Goals. Older teenagers can also use strong uPVC Goals or lightweight a; aluminum goalpost which has the benefit, especially when larger than 12′ (3/6m long); that the crossbars are straighter.  We also would advise not to use steel freestanding goalposts, they are low cost however they are dangerously heavy and should not be used with children s there is always the potential for the goal to topple when not anchored properly or when adults are not present to supervise children. ITSA Goal has been promoting safe children’s goals since the introduction of the first-ever lightweight upvc goal in 1989 invented by John Wilson or CEO. For more detailed garden Goal safety information click on the link.

Soccertackle.com the official suppliers are ITSA GOAL POSTS Ltd are the original inventors of uPVC Portable Children’s mini soccer goals size 12’x6′ which is also a very popular goalpost size for larger gardens. This lightweight portable goal invented by our CEO John Wilson (circa1989) led to many goalpost copies including samba goals, forza goals. All these goalposts are not the same design as our ITSA GOAL GOALPOSTS – The ITSA GOAL type goals included a patented Arrowhead net fixing so nets attach to the rear of posts and do not have to wrap around posts. Our goal corner brackets are much stronger and will last; the corner brackets are  300 % stronger as the wall thickness is three times thicker.

We suggest when buying garden goals, make sure you look at the corner brackets and check the length of the guarantee. We also suggest reading product reviews, after the product has been bought, many reviews refer to fast delivery and service but you need to read about the strength of the product design.


Garden Goals size 8’x4′ Football garden goal – £52.99  view goalpost product details

6’x4′ Football garden goal – £50.99 

4’x3′ Football garden goal – £39.99

12’x6′ Football garden goal – £69.99 

8’x6′ Football garden goal – £61.99 


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Garden Goals size 12’x6′ Football garden goal – £159.66  Click here

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Best Football Goals for the Garden – Made in Lightweight Safe, Strong, Aluminium

We offer a range of aluminum self-build goals. They are supplied flat pack and are very easy to assemble. The aluminum garden goals are safe lightweight for children, are totally weatherproof

Goal size  8’x4′ Aluminium Football goal – £224.99  Click here

Goals size 8’x6′ Aluminium Football goal – £229.99  Click here

Goals size 12’x6′ Aluminium Football goal – £299.99  Click here

Goals size 16’x7′ Aluminium Football goal – £439.99  Click here



Soccertackle are the online suppliers of ITSA GOAL POSTS Ltd – For manufacturer’s product details click here for – Garden goals, mini soccer goalposts, 9v9 football goals,



This is the current standard that all football and rugby posts should be manufactured in accordance with as BS 8462 has been withdrawn. It is crucial that the end user should take responsibility for the installation and correct use of all goal post products. Users should follow the relevant guidelines and pay particular attention to the care and maintenance instructions provided. In particular heavier free standing  movable goalposts must be adequately anchored at all times in use , during storage, Installation or movement. Installation should always be carried out under the supervision of a competent person using due diligence and risk assessment.   Installation of sockets must be solid, not allow any movement and installation should be carried out by appropriately qualified personnel with grounds care experience. Children should not be allowed to assemble or move goalpost products under any circumstances. Do not install fixed position steel goalposts with children present. Any joints on the goalposts  including welds should be checked regularly for signs of wear. Any goalposts damaged in any way should  not be used and appropriate remedial action should be carried out before they are brought back into use. Paintwork on goalposts should be checked regularly especially steel posts and damage should be treated promptly as set out on manufacturer’s care & maintenance information.  IF IN  DOUBT ABOUT THE SAFETY OR STABILITY OF AN ITEM OF EQUIPMENT – DO NOT USE IT. You can contact the technical director at ITSA GOAL for help and guidance at any time. (mobile 07974745768)


ITSA GOAL are the oldest plastic football goal manufacturer in the world . They are the leading innovator in football goal post safety and design. The company was the first goal post manufacturer to represent the U.K. on the European Normalisation (CEN) Safety Standards. Prior to this committee being set up no one in the industry had looked into the issues surrounding goalpost safety.  The introduction of plastic football goals for children by ITSA GOAL made a huge difference and ensured young children at long last could play football in proportional safe football goals.The EN748 and subsequent BS 8462 safety standards were eventually put in place after the death of Jonathan Smith in 1991 when the BBC program “That’s Life” highlighted the serious injuries caused by heavy and poorly designed goal posts. BS 8462 has now been withdrawn and the new standard BS EN 16579:2018 has replaced it. The momentum and drive towards safer lightweight football Goals by our company has gone a long way towards reducing serious injuries to children around the world. Sadly fatalities continue with heavier goalpost frames that are  still in use, and that is why we are fighting to remove all heavy freestanding steel goalposts used by children. Our company has been involved more than most to try and introduce safer football goals. When you have a distraught mum crying “if only my son had been playing with your goals he would still be alive” it does focus the mind somewhat. The lessons have still not been learned and other young footballers are still being fatally injured by heavy freestanding goalposts.  We commissioned a University report on the dangers of football goal posts toppling and the overwhelming conclusion was that the mass of the goal and the falling force generated by that mass from the fulcrum point was the main reason why goalposts cause fatalities. Our mission has been to reduce this total mass on all goal posts and in particular free standing movable goalposts to a safer limit. We put safety before profit.

The main dangers with football Goalposts as we see it are:-

Fixed position goalpost storage
Fixed position heavy steel goalposts being removed from the ground intact (usually as bolts get rusted up and cannot be easily removed) have crossbars still attached to uprights and if they are stored against a wall, fence or shed then it is possible they could topple forward. This has been the cause of fatalities around children. This is extremely dangerous. Even intact goalposts when stored with crossbar to the floor can still be dangerous especially when multiple sets are lent and stored together as heavy steel falling uprights can be just as dangerous. Such goalposts must be separated (uprights from crossbars) dismantled, made safe and stored away securely preferably at ground level or as low as possible.
Fixed position goalposts in sockets that are bolted need to have the crossbars secured from the sides to the uprights and not dropped onto the top of the uprights and bolted.  Goalpost crossbars secured in this way to the side are safer as nuts and bolts cannot be removed without the whole frame being lifted out of the ground sockets which is something a child cannot do without lifting the whole goal frame.
Steel goalposts that have crossbars that just drop into uprights and only rely on nuts & bolts to keep crossbars attached can be easily undone by vandals allowing the crossbar to be lifted off and dropped and the weight of a steel crossbar is heavy enough to cause serious injury or a fatality. The other common problem with this design is that the ground movement and upright position changes making hole alignment difficult. If numerous fixed position goalposts are used then it is imperative that every goalpost upright goes in the right hole at the right end of the pitch at the right side of the goal and on the right pitch every time they are re installed. This is why all over the country goalpost crossbars are not correctly bolted and in some case we have seen dropped on without any nuts & bolts at all. Unlike the anti-vandal goal which allows any upright or crossbar to be used anywhere It only takes one mix up with one upright to ensure all nuts & bolts may be unable to be fitted on the remaining goalposts. Ground sockets for steel goalposts need to be secure and lockable in open areas especially council pitches not just left open for rubble or animals or children to step into. Every goal should provide a secure lockable socket cap system that ensures nothing can be put inside and nothing can fall or become trapped inside.
Heavy steel Free standing goals – dangers
Heavy steel freestanding goalposts toppling forward onto the stomach, head or chest is one of the major factors that cause serious injury.(See our blunt trauma research) The accidents often show this happening whilst goalposts are being set up or moved around and at times when they may not be anchored. We  have experienced this type of accident however as we make light weight free standing goals nothing more than a slight bump resulted. (See comments at the bottom of the page from Denis Hickford )
ITSA GOAL are the only football goal post manufacturer in the industry pioneering lighter freestanding goal posts. This type of lightweight freestanding goalpost should be the first choice for Junior Football clubs. It seems a ridiculous state of affairs that these were outside the BSI safety standards yet heavier less practical freestanding goal posts were included.
Strong, sturdy long lasting alloy freestanding goals to a weight/mass that cannot fatally injure a child can be manufactured. The goalpost industry has to change. We as a company have never had one of our lightweight crossbars bend or break and we argue to the standards committee and the Football Association that it is not necessary to use heavy steel post sections for children’s freestanding goalposts.
Football goal hand, finger, head, torso & foot entrapment
Entrapment, especially on swinging hinged sided goal frames is a problem. A business colleague lost three finger ends with such goals when heavy steel sides swung in wards and the goal collapsed on top of him during a game. According to the Football Association’s own report it states hundreds of accidents a year are reported in Accident & Emergency departments that are caused by football goalposts. These accidents must be serious enough to need medical attention so whatever is currently  causing these incidents shows why radical improvements were needed to  BS 8462. We are glad to report that finger entrapment is now included in the new standard BS EN 16579:2018 and that BS 8462 has been withdrawn.
Folding goals that have sides that dislodge and swing about are unstable and may be unsafe. Buttons, pins and spring sided frames are just not good enough. All side frames need to be securely locked especially around children during play, whilst being moved and when stored.
Freestanding goalposts with un-welded corners.
A number of freestanding goal frames expand apart and leave dangerous sharp corners that need constant tightening and alignment of nuts & bolts. Our influence has meant that many have changed and now weld corners yet the mitred versions are still  being sold as they are less expensive to make. Heavy freestanding goals with integral weights or rollers on the rear of the goal frame are designed in such a way that every time they are moved the nets may become entangled, the structure is weakened as nuts & bolts become loose. These goals in our opinion need to be tested over a much longer period than the one minute required in the standards. Integral weighted goals may need better designed frames that do not work apart as the stresses on these freestanding goals when moved  is much more than other types of goals. In our opinion a radical re think about this type of goal needs to take place. We do not make or supply such goals and would never have one on our football pitch as it would compact the surface and may well rut and damage the playing surface.
Football Goalposts with wheels
Wheels on freestanding goals appear to be inadequate for the job as many just buckle over, puncture  or lose a rubber tyre at which time they may leave knife like edges. We believe that wheels should be always be removed from goalposts prior to play as they are often located in dangerous positions, have numerous finger and foot entrapment areas and players can collide into them and sustain serious injury. Goalpost wheels buckle and bend outwards and collapse due to the fact that freestanding goals are pulled from side to side more than they are pushed backwards and forwards. This is why you see missing wheels, punctured wheels and dangerous exposed wheel brackets.
Free standing Goalposts – Counter balance Weights
The main problem as we see it  are sandbags as these can split and the weight can become less than is required to hold a goalpost securely. The actual weight can vary from bag to bag as they are often left to users to fill and secure. Any form of counter balance weight that can change should be discouraged so the use of water and sand should be avoided. These types of weights may leave users with a false sense of security that they are using the correct weight when they may not be. Only weights that cannot be adjusted should be used so that users know the weight is correct at all times. Slot in water holders into back ground frames will add weight to the frame but may well not meet the test requirements of the BS EN 16579:2018 standard. In our opinion  the topple test is far too high for children’s goals which leads to more weights being used than are actually needed and this results from our own experience that users only using two weights on each corner as it is too much trouble to use more. They see that two well-designed weights will do the job if they are sufficiently heavy and are correctly positioned .The topple test in our opinion, if the maximum weight of the goals is reduced, should be much less on children’s goals  and should equate to the same force that say four young lads could exert by swinging on the crossbar. This would probably equate that the two counterbalance weights on the rear corners are actually sufficient to do the job but only on the lighter safer freestanding goalposts. At the moment this seems to be happening at clubs and it seems to be seen as the accepted way of doing things.

On the heavier freestanding goal posts over 45 kilos in weight this is potentially dangerous.  With lighter safer goalposts that cannot kill the weights would be used on hard surfaces more to stop the goal from moving around rather than to be the main force to prevent toppling.
Counter balance  weights can be heavy and they should be designed in such a way as to allow them to break down to the maximum health & safety lifting limits which is around 25Kilos. They should always be stored at ground level if possible. Around 112 kilos of weight on the rear ground frame is needed to pass the current safety toppling test.

Hi John,
I have just read an article on the new guidelines for goalposts and note that  some of your lighter aluminium goalposts do not now meet the proposed current  BSI safety criteria. This is ridiculous!
As you know we purchased several goalposts from you over the last five years and to date we have not had a single serious accident or problem with your football goals. We try to stop kids jumping up onto the crossbar, but it is very difficult, especially when away team goalkeepers do it during a game. However, out of all the sets we have, not one crossbar has even the slightest bend in it. We always get complimented on our goalpost and it is a  fact that our club appears to have the best equipment in the area. Last year we did have an accident where a goalpost fell onto a youngster. This was because the children started playing in the football goal while it was still being erected. I am pleased to say that although the youngster got hit on the head he only had a slight bump and an ice pack quickly sorted it out.
I would also like to let you know that a few years ago we were sued by a dog walker. We play in a public park and his dog got its leg down a goalpost socket after the socket cap had been stolen by vandals. (not your goalposts I might add) .The dog broke its leg which resulted in hefty vets bills. I’m glad to say that the dog recovered but we had a large claim on our insurance. After this incident we decided to switch to free standing goalposts and fill in all sockets on the park which has proved to be a great decision. This was quite an expense for us but we purchased your freestanding folding goalposts that lock and have not had any problems since. Our goalposts have to be carried nearly 100 yards every Saturday and Sunday and a lightweight goal is essential to make this feasible.The ITSA GOAL posts are the only goalposts light enough and safe enough for a few children to carry them out on their own supervised by an adult.
If the standard is changed we would be faced with purchasing heavier goals in future which is going to affect our finances, as I assume they would be much more expensive, but also would be
completely unnecessary.  The goalposts from ITSA GOAL are safe and more than adequate to do the job.  

Regards, Dennis Hickford  –  Woodbank Junior Football Club. July 2012 


Common sense has prevailed in the new standard over the manufacturers who only want to offer heavier free standing goalposts.
Clubs no longer have the problems of constant maintenance, the additional work and dangers of moving heavy frames about, constant wheel problems, levers that are tensioned so much they can strain the wrists to release them, finger and foot entrapment areas, constant punctures, ruts in pitches from moving heavy goals around and the worry if one ever did come apart and fall on a child what damage it may inflict.
Lighter safer goals are now available within the goalpost standards thanks to our campaigning for change.
Visit:  https://www.soccertackle.com/football-goalpost-safety-23-w.asp  for more information

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Pitch Respect Barriers

Pitch Respect Barriers are available in different forms from low-cost tape versions to better quality long lasting version. Soccertackle.com offer the largest range of quality pitch respect barriers all designed to be used season after season. We offer a popular uPVC tubular post with a plastic chain which is very robust can last years and years and is really fast to clip together on match days. It is very strong and can be left assembled in enclosed football grounds.

The unique design also enables barrier chain to be made in a combination of colors so your Barrier can match your club colours. Respect messages or sponsor logos can also be attached to posts in vinyl lettering. The plastic chain link barrier can be in a fixed position with sockets or used with removable spiked posts in various heights.   This is a very versatile system so you can order lengths to suit your specific needs in socketed or spiked versions. The image below demonstrates our socketed 1m high pitch barrier with chain link in the foreground of the image. A link below the image will take you to the product online and the best prices on pitch barriers.

pitch respect barriers
Link to the product online click here

The Respect Pitch Barrier is also available at a lower height and instead of using the more expensive plastic chain link you can use a standard nylon rope, the rope is available online in various colors. Click on the link below the image to view the best prices online

pitch respect barriers for football

Click here to view this product online

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We also provide complete post and rail barriers in steel and uPVC. Click on the links below for more inforamtion

Steel Pitch barriers
uPVC post and rail barriers
uPVC solid plank crowd barriers


Portable Goal with Wheels – Movable Roller Goals

Read the latest Portable Goal with wheels Product Review and view the photographs demonstrating how easy ITSA GOAL Roller Goals are to move around pitches. ITSA GOAL POST LIMITED manufacturer heavier Portable Goal with wheels self-weighted Roller Goals for artificial surfaces however the lighter grass surface roller goals are easier to move on grass pitches and anchor directly onto the grass and so do not require the heavy weights in the background frame, this makes the goal easier to move.

Portable Goal with wheels  Review
“” I am the chairman of Mudeford Phoenix Girls’ F.C. in Dorset. We have previously bought moveable goals from Soccer Tackle over the last ten years. This year we have added a pair of 16 x 7 free standing aluminum roller goals and two pairs of 12 x 6 ITSA UPVC goals.We have found all of the items to be exceptionally well made. The roller goals are stored off pitch and are moved with ease. The 12 x 6 UPVC goals are brilliant. The nets are secured to both ends of the goal to put them together or collapse them for storage you only need to remove the crossbar and the back bar and the nets fold within the ends which is easy peasy and the parents love the fact it only takes a minute of their time to deal with this. This family run company have been brilliant throughout the time that we’ve known them. The admin and delivery has been spot on. Although slightly more expensive than other manufacturers I would ignore this and go for the exemplary service and quality and design of product. We have left the posting of this review for three months so that we can give an accurate report based on dealings with the goals through the winter months. “”   Review by Francis  – UK

Click here to see the latest price on the full range of portable goals with wheels, visit soccertackle.com and also to see the video demonstration.

Click here to view the 24’x8′ full-size portable goals with wheels

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Football Spectator Barriers – Is your Football Club eligible for funding from the FSIF ?

The Football Association National League System

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) may be able to provide funds for football clubs in The Football Association National League System. The aim is to ameliorate  their football facilities for football players, football officials and football spectators.

The Football Association National League System steps

The eligibility of projects and grant limits available are dependent on the step of The Football Association National League System your Football club plays at. If you do not know which step your club fits into we recommend contacting the FSIF direclty – follow the link https://www.fsif.co.uk/

Alternatively you can find listings on various websites:

Our company offers the most comprehensive range of Football Club Spectator Barriers available in the U.K.

We provide Steel pitch barrier with various options for gates and mesh infill panels. We are amongst only a few companies that not only supply the pitch barriers we are also to provide the full service including pitch barrier installation.

We also offer a range of safe proven uPVC pitch Barriers, see the images and links to the products on our website below.

Should you proceed with a Grant we hope we have the opportunity to quote. if we can help please email sales@itsagoal.net or tel 0114 242 4244.

Steel barrier 60mm OD – Click here

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Steel Barrier 42mm OD click here
steel barriers and grant funding

High impact uPVC Pitch Barriers -click here

grants on plastic barriers

Solid uPVC safe Pitch Barriers – click here

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 ‘Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds’.

the guide provides detailed guidance to help you assess the safe capacity of a sports ground. The guide can be freely download at the following web site.


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Football Goalposts for Schools

football goalpost for school


Goalpost Safety is paramount and the goalpost supplied by Soccertackle are manufactured by ITSA Goal Post Limited – Sheffield. The company has been the leader in safer goalpost design since the introduction of the first lightweight uPVC portable goals for Mini Soccer sponsored by Coca Cola and supplied into schools circa 1989. This led to the growth in children’s mini soccer in the UK and for children to be playing in lighter safer goalposts. At the time new goalpost safety standards were introduced – BS8462.  The company worked hard to highlight the problems in this standard that allowed heavy freestanding goals for children and at the time excluded lighter safer goals as the materials stipulated made the goals too heavy. Subsequently, the company continued to work to introduce lighter safer goals for all youth goal sizes, not just smaller 12×6 uPVC mini soccer goals. BS 8462 has now been withdrawn and the new standard BS EN 16579:2018 has replaced it. The momentum and drive towards safer lightweight football Goals by our company has gone a long way towards reducing serious injuries to children around the world. Sadly fatalities continue with heavier goalpost frames that are still in use, and that is why we are fighting to remove all heavy freestanding steel goalposts used by children. Our company has been involved more than most to try and introduce safer football goals.  When considering goalposts for your school we recommend checking the goalposts conform to BS EN 16579:2018 not the out of date BS 8462 standard, we also suggest using lightweight goals especially if they are movable goals.  Should you wish to read more detailed information about school football goalpost safety please follow this link.


Age range is a factor to consider when buying Football Goalposts for Schools. The goal post height is relevant to to the child’s height. Children are growing taller these days but when a child grows into an adult they will only ever play in a full size regulation goal in adult matches, which is size 24′ x 8′ (7.3×2.4m). So with this in mind if the goal is for an outfield player the target ideally should be proportional to 24’x8′ . This is so that the practice of shooting is into a goal that is a similar proportion length to height to a regulation adult goal. For example, a 12’x6′ (3.6mx1.8m) mini soccer goal or an 8’x4′ (2.4×1.2m) goal; these goals are proportionally accurate so provide a more realistic goal size for a child. However, if you goal is for budding goalkeeper the goal width and height would be better to be a little larger to enable practicing diving. ITSA Goal Posts Ltd (John Wilson M.D.) created the first ever uPVC portable goal in a bag, way back in 1989 which was approved by the FA & FIFA and the goal size created, which is now recognized as the official size played by all children under the age of 11 in official mini soccer leagues is the size 12’x6′ (3.6mx1.8m). You can see by the size chart below this is an approximate proportional goal so children have a more realistic goalpost for their size.


There are various goal sizes to choose from, so it’s important to make sure your purchase complies with F.A. and league rules and playing on pitches that are appropriate to the age range of players. There are standard sizes of football goal based on the FA’s regulations:


Under-7s and under-8s football should focus on fun and developing technical ability, so it’s recommend the FA’s regulations on goal size are followed. Children should be playing 5-a-side matches at this age, which requires a size 3 ball and a pitch of 40 yards by 30 yards. You will need to purchase goals that are 12 feet wide and 6 feet high in order to comply with FA rules.

UNDER-10 YRS FOOTBALL- Football Goalposts for Schools

Under-9yrs and under-10yrs should be playing 7-a-side matches with mini soccer goals measuring 12 ‘x 6’. However, under-9yrs should be playing with a size 3 ball, and under-10yrs should be using a size 4 football.

UNDER-12 YRS FOOTBALL – Football Goalposts for Schools

When kids reach the under-11 yrs there is a step up in dimensions. Football Pitches should be 80 yards by 50 yards, and goalposts should be 16’x7′. The same dimensions apply to under-12 yrs football

UNDER-14 YRS FOOTBALL – Football Goalposts for Schools

Children normally start playing 11-v11 games at this stage however, they will still play on smaller pitches. A pitch used for under-13yrs and under-14yrs football should be 90 yards by 55 yards, and the goalposts should measure 21’x7′.

UNDER-16 YRS FOOTBALL – Football Goalposts for Schools

Under-15 yrs and under-16 yrs football is played with the same ball used in the professional game, and with goalposts measuring 24’x8′ – the regulation professional standard. The pitch is slightly smaller at 100 yards by 60 yards.

UNDER-17S FOOTBALL – Football Goalposts for Schools

This is the age group at which players make the final transition to full size. The FA states the games should be played on a pitch of 110 yards by 70 yards, within the rules the pitch can reduce the size of the pitch to as low as 90 yards by 50 yards this is to cater for different areas available. Goalposts must be 24’x8′ regardless of the size of the pitch.




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uPVC: Our ITSA GOAL range of freestanding PVC goals are made from high impact uPVC which makes them extremely strong yet lightweight and portable. They are also weatherproof and will last many years. uPVC is lightweight and so is safe particularly for the very young. The goal can also have a very long lifespan.

Steel: We do not recommend steel goals for young children. Freestanding steel goals are heavy and dangerous when the anchors not be used properly. The only exception is socketed steel lockable anti- theft goals that are patented and only available from itsagoal and soccertackle.

Aluminium: The advantage of weighing less enables freestanding goal to move easily. Aluminium goals are more expensive but do not rust. The goals have a proper rebound and you will not get a dip on the larger plastic goal crossbars. ITSA GOAL is an FA suitable football goal supplier and our aluminium goal range has passed strict independent BS safety standards tests.

Do not be fooled by companies using sandbags or water weights on freestanding goals – a litre of water weighs approximately 1 Kilo, therefore weights along a full size goalpost can only weigh around 8 kilos which is not sufficient in line with the goalpost safety standards. The current advice is 112 kilos for full size freestanding goals to prevent toppling. Please note law one if the game requires elliptical goals to have the longest length of the oval post to cross the goal line and not along it. some companies are still selling goals that do not conform to this basic rule. We advise checking this as the current standards state that goals must conform to the laws of the game . contact john@itsagoal.net for any technical queries

BUY FROM AN ESTABLISHED football goalposts manufacturer in the UK – IF YOU BUY AN IMPORTED PRODUCT from the far east you may not be able TO BUY SPARE PARTS and that is why these end up in a landfill ….”Made in the far east buried in Britain” Buy sports equipment, not a flimsy toy and they will last you years especially if the goals have extended warranty.



This is a brilliant product, I am writing both as a parent and a school governor, I wish you every success


A grass roots opinion “After using your new style goals for three seasons now, I thought I would write to you to say how well they have performed. The rebound off the posts is phenomenal if it hits at speed. The welded corners and crossbar is an excellent attribute to these goal posts. As for craftsmanship, rigidity and finish, they are of the highest order. After attending Anfield for a day as part of my prize for winning the National Groundsman of the Year Award 2006, I thought to myself that we have got better goal posts than Liverpool F.C.! Ours look so much stronger, they are better made and even more professional” Shaun Hanna – Millom FC The Football Association National Groundsman of the Year 2006 (Step 7 and below)


An excellent company offering great quality products and fantastic customer service. Bought my son a 5 a side goal 6 years ago and it’s still like new after a lot of use and some very hard knocks. I had previously bought a cheaper goal from another company and it didn’t last the year. These goals are very strong and well made in Sheffield,
so great to support British products. Very highly recommended.


FOLDING ALUMINIUM GOALPOSTS I would just like to say how pleased we are with the lockable fold-in Mini-Soccer goals we recently purchased. We have fastened the netting permanently onto to frame because they can be easily stored and carried with the netting fixed. Once carried to the pitch the goalposts can be erected and secured to the ground within 60 seconds which is absolutely fantastic. As well as being easy to erect they are also the best and most professional looking goals in the league. Every team that comes to play us comments on the football goals. We have tried several types of goals over the years. Plastic, fully erected aluminum, solid D-side bracket types and these are by far the best we have ever had. Well done to its-a-goal for a fantastic, innovative design.


We purchased five sets of aluminum goals from Itsagoal and are really pleased with their performance. Safety was our main concern and ease of use a close second and after a lot of research and advice we were introduced to Itsagoal and have not regretted the decision. Each time our teams play now we get admiring glances from the opposition teams and many have commented on how professional they look.They are robustly constructed and yet still light weight and satisfy a higher level of safety than the usual statutory requirements and when we are responsible for up to 500 children we can not compromise on safety. I feel sure that they will last for many years because they have been crafted so well in the beginning and we would recommend any other club to use the same



School Football Goalpost Buying Guide

Football Goals for the Garden

Football Goals for the Garden – 2020

These great little Football Goals for the Garden are available from soccertackle.com.

football goals for the garden

The goal shown above is the 8′ (2.4m) wide by  4′ (1.2m) high goal. This range of goalposts are the FOOTIE GOAL range and are available in the following goalpost sizes 4×3 goal, 6’x4′ goal, 8’x4′ goal, 8’x6′ goal, 12’x6′ mini soccer goal.  These different goal sizes cater for all age ranges of players and also for different garden sizes.

A unique ground anchor system that does not require any digging firmly secures the garden goal onto any grass surface. Made with UV stabilized high impact uPVC this garden goal has unbreakable polypropylene strengthened corner brackets. A cost effective quality alternative to Forza or Samba Goals and other Far East toy goals flooding the market. These 8×4 garden goals are Made in Sheffield and are safe and easy to use. Competitively priced with free delivery they take some beating. The ideal football goal goal to keep fit  and have fun with in your garden.


Football Goals for the Garden – Reviews 

can’t thank you enough …. the garden goals we have just purchased are outstanding. Our kids are over the moon with their new football goals. We bought another brand a couple of years ago and the quality was no where near as good. We saw your goals at our local Junior football club and we knew where we would be buying out next goalposts from. Top quality A+++

British Library Wetherby Thank you so much for your prompt and efficient service. Even though I did not order until late afternoon my order arrived the following day.


Football Goals for the Garden – Weatherproof

The Goals are made in weatherproof high impact U.V.stabilized uPVC. The corner brackets are manufactured in reinforced polypropylene so you will not need to buy spares in the future as these corners will last a soccer lifetime.


Football Goals for the Garden – Locking –  Quick and Easy Goal Assembly

The FOOTIE GOALS are easy to assemble and push together. The Goals are made in weatherproof high impact U.V.stabilized uPVC.  Our Net support tubes are made in a stronger larger wall thickness than other garden goals. Other goalposts on the market have net support that have to bend to tension so they stay pushed into holes, in contrast our goal net supports do not bend due to the thickness of the material.  They stay firm and straight and also lock properly into the corner bracket so that they do not come apart during a game.



Football Goals for the Garden – Quality Goal Net

The FOOTIE GOALS include top quality white nylon weatherproof nets. The Nets are much better than Pea netting seen on low cost imported type goalposts.  In contrast these nets are the same style as seen on full size adult goalpost, They are knotted so are also repairable. Fitting instructions are supplied and there are details of how to maintain your goal and goal net so it will last many years.


Click on the Football Goals for the Garden size required for more goalpost information

Football Goals for the Garden 4×3
Goal size 6×4
Goals size 8×4
Goal size 8×6
Goal size  12×6

Goals for the Garden – Goalpost video CLICK HERE

Best Aluminium Goalposts

Best Aluminium Goalposts for moving on grass pitches and artificial pitches.

The ITSA GOAL POST folding aluminium goalpost are the Best Aluminium Goalposts that fold completely flat and lock flat and can be stored much easier than other goalpost designs.

ITSA GOAL POST Patented & a Registered Design.


See the picture below of the ITSA GOAL folding goalpost with the wheel transporters added – You can see how easy it is to move fold flat and store;compare this with other goal manufacturer’s goals seen in the image at the bottom of the page.


The goalpost is shown with the optional wheel transporters.


We recommend avoiding goals like these below!!!!




Difficult goalposts to store, do not store flush flat, do not lock.