Which Goal Posts to buy?


Only the most durable and highest specification football goal posts are supplied at Soccertackle.com. That is why you will not find Far East flimsy football goals, pop up goals, inflatable goals and dangerous heavy free standing steel goalposts on this site.

The goal posts we supply have longer warranty because they are better, the fact others cannot match the three year guarantee on plastic goals shows the obvious difference in quality and longevity. When we and our customers say these football goals are the best and outperform the rest we mean it. 
We only sell ITSA GOAL Posts because no other football goals come close when it comes to design, innovation and longevity. With some of the lowest delivery charges in the UK on the larger football goals you will find our prices and next day delivery hard to beat.  See what customers say about our football goals  As we are footballers ourselves we design products that work and not goal posts that make work.Plastic goals are quick to install (Football Goal VIDEOS ) and as you can see on match days they can go up faster than other similar football goals.

Whether you are purchasing goals for the garden, a school or an affiliated club the ITSA GOAL range is unbeatable and offers the best value for money. From target goals to stadium goal posts, from mini soccer goals to 9v9 football goals,from fixed position anti vandal lockable steel goals to lightweight folding goalposts and full size goals to pack away in a bag we have the lot. 

What we will not sell are pitch barriers and training poles with dangerous spikes or heavy steel free standing goalposts to junior football clubs as these types of goals have caused fatalities and serious injury to children in the past. This policy allows us put our heads on the pillow at night and sleep soundly knowing we sell safe products. We always put safety above bottom line profits. If you ever need unbiased and in-depth advice on football goal posts please contact us at any time. We guarantee you will never regret buying our football goals.


Purchasing football goals is a big investment for any club, so it’s advisable to speak with knowledgeable specialists who know what they are talking about and not a “Jack of all Sports”. Whether it’s providing expertise to leading football clubs, or local grass roots teams we always offer clear information and help. For over three decades we have been at the forefront of sports equipment innovation. Functional design at an affordable price is one of the reasons we are recognised as one of the country’s most respected goal post suppliers. We offer comment to the British Standard Institute about goalpost safety and campaign vigorously for change.

Which football goal is best for you depends on your  location, the on site storage,the playing surface, the age group using the goal posts and of course the cost. Football goals can be fixed in one position they can be freestanding and movable with or without wheels or they can be portable in carry bags removed from site.


The first company in the world to make strong sturdy uPVC high impact football goals was ITSA Goal Posts Limited and as official suppliers these are without doubt the best plastic goalposts available. When established in 1989 it was thought by the establishment that no one would ever buy a large plastic goal, how wrong can any one be ! The original plastic Goal led to the creation of children's Mini Soccer. "They say imitation is the best form of flattery" and ITSA GOAL can be proud of the legacy they have laid down and the jobs they have created in a new industry built around kids mini football. Numerous other copies have since emerged but none have bettered or come close to the engineering quality of the original ITSA Goal post products. Don't take our word for it look at what those that use them say! Football goalposts made from high impact uPVC are the safest and easiest to use around children.


When looking to buy a good  plastic football goal the choice is between very basic imported goals or stronger sturdier and better engineered products like ITSA GOAL posts."Made in Sheffield". ITSA plastic goals have been in use without problem now for three decades. Other plastic football goals all have net support stanchions just pushed into holes and not locking in any way to the crossbar or upright posts. The only plastic goal that is truly a fully locking posts are made by ITSA GOAL. Other plastic goals have substantial dips in the middle of the crossbars which is due to the design and the way the nets are clipped and pulled around the front of the posts.Unique arrowhead net fixings allow nets to be secured neatly behind the goal frame on ITSA goalposts which helps keep crossbars straight. Every other plastic goal relies on nets being clipped under the ground frame which frays and shortens the life of the goal net. 

The goals you chose should be a strong design. We recommend checking the goal corner bracket design, ITSA GOAL and FOOTIE GOAL branded goals include a locking spigot so that the horizontal top net supports properly  locks into place, this design is much better than goals with top stanchions that push in with no locking. If you are unsure when buying a goal ask to check the fitting  instructions which should be down loadable from the web site.

The image below shows the difference between the corner brackets.

Our Itsa Goal bracket is on the left...(left)  the smaller Striker goal supplied by Smyth’s  is in the middle and a samba goal corner brackets is on the right. The Smyth’s toy goalposts have much thinner nets only 1.5mm thick that will just not last as long as a goal with a 2.5mm. The tubing used is  smaller and weaker with rear net support tubes only 30mm in diameter. This clearly shows the difference between toys and proper sports equipment. 

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 are.

The image of the samba goal also shows 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.


The image below shows the larger strong ITSA Goal back net support elbow and compares it to the Striker goal elbow. It clearly shows the net supports are much larger stronger size. The ITSA GOAL has been measured to have a 300% thicker wall than all other competitor's plastic goalposts.

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Straighter crossbars, longer life nets, arrowhead net fixings,(no time consuming and untidy net clipping around front of posts) less post sections, no creased or broken net supports,much quicker installation, secured net stanchion supports, net fixings to prevent nets fraying on the ground frame, much longer manufacturer’s warranty, competitively priced and better engineering. Football goals for discerning Junior football Cubs and true footballers. Do not be misled by claims that the goals are fully locking when they may not be, do not get fooled by head on shots of football goals that do not show the net supports,(always look to see the side view and if the net is held away at the top as it should be) and do not get fooled by prices inflated then crossed out showing massive savings. And remember Free delivery is not free it is included in the price. One section crossbars on larger goals are well worth the little extra carriage charge...if you choose this type of goal with one section posts and crossbar it will save you hours over the season on match days.  

All uPVC goal posts supplied by ITSA GOAL are Match standard and are to the latest safety standards ( they wrote most of the standard). When looking at the cheaper football goals look out for plastic goals with different coloured corners as these are the trade mark signature of low quality Far East goal posts. One of the main differences between other goals and ITSA Goal posts is maintenance costs as some Junior football clubs spend over £200 a year on Spare parts whereas it is very rare for ITSA Goal customers to ever require spare parts at all. That is why ITSA GOAL offer long product guarantees that others cannot match and why professional clubs prefer to use them. If you look at Plastic goal safety section you will see the design problems first hand.
Why not check customer comments from those that have used both types of goals and see what they say? . However any one who ever has the chance to compare or who has other branded Goals often changes in the long run to ITSA Goal posts so check first and it may save you some time and money.


What Type of Goalposts?

We offer portable plastic goals that pack into bags and also goals that have long single section crossbars which do not pack in bags. The single section crossbars are ideal for clubs that can store the goals on site; they have single upright posts and single section back stanchions therefore are stronger and quicker to assemble with less joining sections.If you have the funds the best plastic goalpost are the ITSA GOAL range however if price is the determining factor then we also have the FOOTIE GOALS range without locking buttons and arrowhead net fixings. 


Alloy goalposts are lighter, yet as strong as steel goalposts, which makes them much safer. Football goal posts with a lighter mass are much safer and easier to carry and move around on match days. One big advantage of aluminium goalposts without steel net supports is they never rust. Fully Aluminium Goalposts are normally a little more expensive than steel but they last longer,are safer,easier to use,and easier to maintain and move around. You can buy aluminium goalpost with steel folding and fixed sides but these are a little heavier than those made fully in aluminium. 


Steel is used in more open un supervised areas that may be prone to vandalism. The best type of steel football goals are the lockable ITSA GOAL anti-vandal,anti theft goal posts. Steel goalposts are normally slotted into the ground. We have never offered or provided steel freestanding movable goals because they are potentially very dangerous. We were the first in the industry to encourage clubs to stop using these types of goalposts Lighter safer alternatives in aluminium are available and now at a similar similar cost so why buy hard work lumping heavy steel frames about.(see flat pack goals)


Some aluminium and plastic goals can be dismantled after each game and packed into bags and transported in the back of a vehicle. These are Ideal when you do not have on site storage. One advantage being the removal from site after each game alleviates the wear and tear in penalty areas. From a safety point of view, as these goal posts are taken away after the game,no accidents or vandalism can happen so these goalposts provide total accountability. Unique goalpost anchors that require no digging firmly secure the goals in place.ITSA GOAL portable goals are the number one choice of all the leading football tournament organisations.


Goalposts with bases are made in lighter plastics and Aluminium and both can be made to fit in carry bags or supplied in singe sections for on site storage. ITSA GOAL Patented lockable hinged sided goals are available that give accountability and security.These goals can be installed quicker than any other similar goal and as the fully welded side frames are locked when in play and when stored they guarantee not to swing in and act like a guillotine during football matches. Stronger yet half the weight of any other folding goalposts available they make light work of setting pitches up on match day. Fully welded Freestanding aluminium goalposts are available in light weight alloy along side a more expensive range of professional elliptical movable goalposts. All these types of goalposts can be used on grass or artificial playing surfaces. Easy to use goalpost dollies and wheels are available to move the larger goalposts. Anchors and unique counter balance systems secure the goalposts firmly in place. We do not recommend goalposts with corners held together with brackets as these expand apart and need constant maintenance. Buy welded frames and make sure corners are also welded to save time & money!


A free standing lightweight aluminium range that has plastic corner brackets with industrial nylon fixings for extra strength is a very popular alternative to plastic goals. A range is available from ITSA GOAL to compete on price with dangerous heavy steel freestanding goals. No need any more to tug about heavy steel goalposts that may topple forward at any time and cause serious injury. These goals have the added advantage that they can be left erected through the season but can be taken apart,stored flat and yet are very affordable especially if the unpainted mill finish is chosen.


We offer portable aluminium goals that pack into bags for use on grass,freestanding movable goals and permanently sited goalposts that slide into sockets in the ground. We also offer the same range in a larger Elliptical aluminium extrusion for stadium and adult football. Aluminium fixed position goals are ideal when the football pitch is in the same position yet posts need to be removed after each game.


We only supply steel goals that are located in ground sockets that are concreted in position. Patented anti vandal lockable goalposts are available as are old technology nuts & bolt products. Do not be confused with other manufacturers claims of supplying lockable goalposts. The difference is that other lockable goals are not really lockable the description may be slightly miss leading as the goalposts only have uprights locked into sockets which can be removed very easily as the crossbar is still only bolted on to the upright which means a simple spanner can be used by anyone to completely dismantle or steal the posts for scrap.Some manufacturers have added padlock cleats to the foot of the upright posts however these may seriously damage grass cutting equipment in the close season when the posts are taken out. Anti-vandal theft goalpost have uprights that twist & lock into the sockets and crossbars are located to the upright and locked which gives total accountability to the key holder.These although a little more expensive than nut & bolt products are fast being introduced on local village grounds and in local authority recreation grounds when old style goalposts are being up dated and replaced.They also offer secure locking socket plugs for the close season.


ITSA GOAL patented Anti vandal steel fixed position goalposts are the only fully locking goalposts available that can not be vandalised or stolen.They are ideal for local authorities because the goal has identical laser cut uprights and any post will fit into any socket and any crossbar can be locked onto any upright. When multiple pitches are stored together it is much easier to assemble the goals each season with identical uprights that fit any crossbar. These goals alleviate the need for councils to make sure the same uprights go in the same socket at the same side of the pitch and in the right side of the goal on every set of posts. We also offer 76 mm/ 60 mm nut and bolt (old technology) steel goals at a lower cost but if you can afford the little extra you will save time and money every year when you have to remove them and then reinstate at the start of the season..


We supply football goalposts for all age groups from adults to those just starting to kick a football.

Full Size regulation goalpost is 24 x 8' (7.3m x 2.4m).
Larger Youth goals are 21' x 7' (6.4m x 2.1m) 
Smaller youth goalposts are 16' x 7' (4.8m x 2.1m) used in 9v9 football. 
Adult training five-a-side goals 16 'x 4' (4.8m x 1.2m) 
Junior five-a-side 12' x 4' (3.6m x1.2m)
Mini Soccer Goals 12 'x 6' (3.6m x 1.8m) 
Futsal goals 10' x 6'6"(3m x 2m)  
Junior Goal 8' x 6' (2.4m x1.8m) 
Junior goal 6' x 4' (1.8mx1.2m) 
Trainer Goal 4' x 3' ( 1.2m x.0.9m) ideal starter goal for really young children - also used by adults and youths for training  ( used at Barcelona football club) for help & advice telephone office on 01142424244 or our technical directors mobile at any time 07974745768.

To see the Football Goal Size Guide and see the various goalpost sizes available click on the Football Goal Sizes image below.

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