what size are youth soccer goals

youth soccer goal

You want to find out what size are the youth soccer goals for your child so that you can maximize both her enjoyment and learning the game of soccer. The chart below gives you the quick answer. Read on and you can get a deeper understanding on the right dimensions  of a soccer goal for your child for practices and games.

Let's take a quick dive into answer first by looking at the youth soccer goal chart below. 


Youth Soccer Goal Size ChartBasic chart showing the recommended dimensions of youth soccer goals

how about portable youth soccer goals

Whether it's your backyard, the grassy area at the public park,  or the outfield of the baseball field, you're going to run into situations where you're going to play soccer on a field that doesn't have permanent soccer goals waiting for you to use. You need portable nets that are easy to transport and will hold up to the rigors of young children at play.

You don't have a truck to load them into and you don't want to remove all the seats in your minivan to stow the nets everytime time you want to run a practice or just want to get a little game of 3 v 3 going. Well, you're in luck. There are several foldable goals that will take care of your problem. This video shows you just one of the choices you have.

You can play soccer with a goal of any size, but it makes sense to practice with a goal that's the same size as the size your child will play with on Saturday mornings. As you can see, the specific sizes of soccer goals are made for players of different ages. Most soccer leagues stay with these sizes, so you want to be aware of them when you're looking for a soccer net  for your child.

These are the recommended sizes for soccer nets for each age group of youth soccer and adult players. It's really not a requirement for soccer goals for the really young players to be an exact size. What's most important is that the goals are sized right and are safe. You don't want soccer goals with the wrong dimensions to interfere with the fun and they should be the best size to maximize learning the game of soccer. 

5 sizes of soccer goalsDifferent sized soccer goals for different age groups.

These goal sizes are great for actual soccer games, but you may also be looking for a different size goal that's more appropriate for youth soccer practices. There are situations when you don't necessarily want to use the regulation size goal for your player's age group.


Video on the right s size soccer goal for each age group

Here's a video giving you the right soccer goal dimensions for both youth and adult players.



more questions and answers about youth soccer goals

Parents have also asked other questions related to the right dimensions for various age groups of players. Now that you know what size goal is your for your child, it's time to answer related questions about soccer goals for younger players. Here are questions and answers regarding soccer nets.


how to pick The right size goal for your backyard

large soccer net with targetUse a target that's smaller than the overall net size and minimize chasing balls.

Use common sense. Your yard layout, the surrounding areas, and your child's age will determine the best size net to get. You can get some ideas by looking at other homes in your area and even talking to your neighbors or others you run into.

You can't set up a big net in an area that barely fits and encourages striking the ball in a direction that will break your neighbor's window or smash into their garden. When my nephew was young my brother in law hung an oversized net and used a small target area within the larger net.

That will minimize the number of shots your child takes and kicks into your neighbors yard.

How to make using a soccer goal more effective

It's a common mistake for young soccer players to shoot the soccer ball directly at the goalkeepers. It's human nature to aim at the center of a target rather then the corners where you're more likely to score a goal if the goalie is centered in front of the net. Use targets  for your soccer net to improve goal scoring. They come in a large variety of styles.

small soccer net with targetsSmall soccer goal with target spots

Can you use undersized nets for older players

Yes, smaller youth soccer goals are great for playing games where older players have no goalie in front of the net. This forces defenders to try and prevent all shots toward their own goal. It also helps offensive players develop their skills too.

Kids soccer goalSmall goals for target practice

When you're working on shooting accuracy, or you're playing a variation of a small sided game without goalies, you'll want to use undersized goals. They give the improving player a small target to aim for. There are hundreds of small sided games that will be very effective in improving passing, dribbling, and shooting skills where you want a smaller goal and no goalie.

In my case, when I was a self-motivated 8th grader and just starting to play, I has no budget to buy a soccer net. I made my own net for practicing.  I  hung strings from the garage rafters and literally tied a net by hand, making hundreds of knots. You could make a DIY youth soccer goal, but it is time consuming for sure. It's faster to just buy one and nowadays the prices are reasonable.


how to wake up a foldable youth soccer goal

Younger kids in the age 3-5 year old really get a big kick out of this one. There's a video of this action coming but for now, here is the step by step method of opening a foldable youth soccer net that the kids will really enjoy. 

  1. Once the nets have been slid out of the protective bag, remove the velcro straps that hold the corners together.
  2. Grip the corners in one hand and swing your arm back in an arcing pendulum swing straight back behind you.
  3. Swing your arm forward, release the nets with a slow backspin, so that they go high in the air about 5 yards on front of you and not near any of the children.
  4. As you release each soccer net from your hand yell "wake up goal" and the kids will be fascinated by the way the net opens in mid-air, almost like a parachute, and will land with a soft bounce on your field.

how much does a youth soccer goal cost?

They price of youth soccer goals varies quite a bit. The old adage that you get what you pay for is true for the most part, but a little price shopping can save you a lot of money when you're looking at the different sizes and brands of soccer goals.

As an example I did a quick soccer goal comparison of 3 different vendors of youth soccer equipment. I got the prices for 4 ft. foldable Pugg nets. You can see the results below at the time of the search.


my first soccer goal size

When I was in 8th grade (which is when I first started to play) I was motivated to improve my skills and wanted a net in my own yard so I could get lots of practice in. I literally tied my own net out of cotton string and built a makeshift goal that was about 10 x 6.

If you're just looking for a practice net to set up in your own yard, any size soccer goal is better than none at all. Smaller nets are good for fine tuning accuracy and larger nets are good for improving the strength of your kicks without smashing out your neighbors garage windows. This was in 1974, long before "how to tie your own youth soccer net" videos could be found on Youtube. 

The video below shows a much smarter, although still very time consuming way to tie your own net.

portable youth soccer goals

There's a separate category of soccer nets that are lightweight and convenient to set up in temporary situations. When you need to practice, but you don't have  permanently placed goals on your file, you can use folding or quick set-up goals.

how wide are youth soccer goals

Youth soccer goal width chartRange of acceptable widths for kids soccer

This is just a review of the proper dimensions of a youth soccer goal with the focus on what the width of the goal should be for various age groups.

Soccer players that are 3 years old should use a soccer goal that is 3 to 6 feet wide. This makes it easy for them to dribble close to the net and score.

Youth soccer layers that are 4 years old can use a net that is 5 to 10 feet wide, but the preferred size is really closer to the 5 foot width at the most.

what size are beach soccer goals?

Beach soccer goal size7.25 feet by 18 feet wide

Have you ever wondered how big a beach soccer goal is? Goals for beach soccer are only slightly smaller than their full-sized turf counterparts. They are 7.25 feet tall and 18 feet wide. This makes it a little bit easier on a goalie to cover the goal mouth despite the touch task of quick diving saves in the loose sand.


most popular youth soccer goals

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