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Dimensions of a Soccer Goal According to Age

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author image Michele M. Howard
Michele M. Howard began writing professionally in 2009, producing sports, fitness, home improvement and gardening articles for various websites. In addition to writing, Howard is a United States Professional Tennis Association tennis instructor and a professional racket stringer. Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Southern Connecticut State University.
Dimensions of a Soccer Goal According to Age
Several youth age divisions play with a smaller goal. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

To make soccer kid-friendly, everything is scaled down -- the size of the field, the number of players, the length of the match and the goal. Several goals are used, and the dimensions depend on the age division of the players.

U6 and U8 Divisions

For children playing in the under 6, under 7 and under 8 divisions, United States Youth Soccer recommends a goal with a width measurement of 18 feet. The recommended height is 6 feet, which is measured from the ground to the bottom of the crossbar. Smaller goals are allowed, just not recommended.

U10 and U12 Divisions

The same goal size recommendation used in the younger divisions is also used for children in the under 10 and under 12 divisions. The only difference is smaller sizes aren't allowed.

U14, U16 and U19 Divisions

Teens are expected to play with a goal measuring a maximum of 24 feet between posts and 8 feet from the ground to the bottom of the crossbar. That's the same size the pros use.

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