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John Wilson - Founder member of the goalpost safety standards committee
and creator of the first children's plastic goal ■ Tel: 0797 4745768


Football Goals for the Garden

Children love football and it’s a game that can become a lifetime love. Football goals in the garden bring the game to life in the home.

The more realistic the football goals the more budding soccer stars enjoy playing football in the garden, at school, and at the local junior football club. The days of “jumpers for goal posts” has long passed.Playing outdoors emulating their heroes in the park or garden with friends helps keep them fit and healthy. Encouraging football at home gives boys and girls a break from computer games, social media and the television. A decent set of garden football goals need not cost the earth.


As the creator of the first safe plastic football goals for children, I feel more than most I can offer unbiased information as to the products on the market used in the garden. You will find this unbiased, unlike the other report that omits the products that are recognized as the best and goal post products that have never had a critical review in thirty years.  How can a report on football goals for the garden be taken seriously when such products are not shown? Maybe the current report is written by competitors who need to try and build a similar reputation on products that are not of the same quality or give the same value for money. Please do not be taken in with this type of misinformation.


One tell-tale sign is products that have short one-line reviews that are generated by paid companies and not genuine customer comment after use of the product. Reviews that often do not comment on the products as they are asked for straight away after supply.  Many just comments on the service and quick delivery.  If you had inferior quality products you too would want to move them on and cash the money.  The current market allows this and many users buy numerous football goals before they find a quality supplier.

This report, however, will be unbiased and will show the full range of goalposts good and bad.


Sizes of football goals for the garden.

Football goals for the garden are available for large medium and small gardens. The stronger products range from 4’x3’ 6’x4’ 8’x4’ and 8’x6’ football goals for the smaller garden to 3mx2m futsal goals and 12’x6’ mini soccer garden goals. Larger plastic 16’x7’ garden goals are also available from just two suppliers and Samba Goals. Larger lightweight aluminum garden goals are also manufactured by numerous UK manufacturers including Harrod UK, Samba Sports, Edwards and ITSA Goalposts.


The types of football goals for the garden

Investing in football goals for your children will help build confidence and attract friends. Portable sets of lightweight plastic and alloy football goals can also be easily set up and can be used in the local park. Many who have football goals in their gardens and learn the game with dads, uncles, and siblings go on to play at the highest level.


Some of this equipment offered in line is inferior and flimsy and will not last In my opinion If you look around the internet avoiding the household names such as Amazon, Tesco, and  Argos for example then you can find a long lasting quality value for money football goals. The large shed organizations often rely on goal poor quality posts made in the Far East. As it is more expensive for customers to return these and ask for refunds than just throw them away the sales continue and they end up in a land fill.

Do not take my word for it just look through all the customer comments on these sites, not just the odd good one pushed to the top.

There are a number of online sites in the UK that offer football goal posts made in Britain.

Check the best dedicated online garden goal suppliers such as Forza, thesoccerstore,, and

On this goalpost review site, we will introduce you to the best selection of football goals for the garden and will advise on products like inflatable goals that we would give a wide berth.

We would be interested in your feedback and we hope this information is helpful.  If you would advise on goalpost I can be contacted at any time on  0797 474 5768




As I have been designing and making goal posts since 1959 I have seen and played in many types of goalposts good and bad over the years. I am now semi-retired but still look to offer help to those using or wanting to buy goals whilst still influencing the design and manufacture of safer goalposts.

Football goalposts are allowed by the governing body of the sport to be made in suitable materials including plastics, wood, steel and lightweight aluminium. Wood is not allowed by the English Football Association for affiliated matches. There are basically two types of football goal fixed position goals secured in sockets and moveable free-standing goal posts. Fixed position goalposts are normally manufactured in steel when used in exposed sites and aluminium in enclosed club stadiums.

At junior level both fixed position and free-standing goals are used with plastic goal posts being widely used in Junior football. The original plastic goals all came in carry bags when Mini Soccer started as pitches could be set up anywhere at any time. The small sided game started in schools but soon found its way into the mainstream via the Local county football associations around the UK. The very first plastic goals were produced in 1989 by ITSA GOAL and used by the Football Association in conjunction with Coca-Cola to introduce mini soccer to young girls and boys. These original plastic goals were approved at the time by both the Football Association and the worlds governing body FIFA. These original plastic goals and the introduction of the small sided game revolutionized football around the world. The rest is history.

Those early goals created a new market and expanded the football industry increasing the demand for more football boots, football kits and new smaller proportional footballs. Once the market had been created other manufacturers arrived with plastic football goals that had lower quality engineering compared to the original ITSA GOAL products. These new plastic goals were less expensive and that is why you see so many Samba Plastic goals to this day. They can be identified as they often have dipping crossbars that do b not conform to the goalposts standards which state that crossbars should not dip more than 10mm. The only way to tell a Far East, a Forza, or a Samba goal from an ITSA GOAL plastic goal is to look at the crossbar. 


 “which is the best Forza or Samba Goals?”

The answer is that they are basically the same. The Forza goal is a copy of the Samba Goal concept and offers the same low-quality engineering with net supports just pushed into a hole and mutiple post sections that dip in the middle when the net is attached. Which one would I pick?

The first is always the best, in my opinion, the copy can only ever be second best so if I were to choose between these two goals then I would go for the Samba Goal. One problem however with buying directly from Samba Goals is that they seem to cost more than buying directly from other online suppliers which is a strange arrangement. Maybe they are looking to exploit the established brand name. If you are buying Samba Goals shop around.  If it’s just price that is the more major decision, then maybe the Forza Goal might just edge in front of the Samba as these are sold directly to the customer through their own websites. The nets on both brands seem to be much better than other Far East products supplied by the big shed and catalog operations.  

I would never recommend a Far East imported plastic goal as they often end up in a landfill. All the ones I have seen had low-cost inferior quality nets. You find these types of football goals online at Amazon, e-bay, Smythe’s toy shop and in catalogs like Tesco and Argos. In my opinion, I would not go near these football goals as the budget FOOTIEGOALS.COM posts from ITSA GOAL are similar in price and have double the warranty and nets that last much longer.

Maybe they should be searching “which are the best plastic football goals” and “which plastic goals offer the best value for money”.

If you make this search, then there are only  ITSA GOAL plastic goals that fulfill the request. They often cost around the same as the other brands especially the budget goals for the garden, they are properly engineered with unbreakable corners, have better goal nets that last longer, they look better and offer double the warranty of any other plastic goal. These goals are for proper footballers who know the difference. You only need to read the genuine customer comments to see why.


Before you buy it is important to read customer comments as it has been reported recently that companies have been paying for five-star reviews to boost sales on inferior products. These may be identified as they can be short and focus on service and delivery with very little detailed information about the product. Many internet companies also pay review companies like “Trustpilot” and others to generate such comment but as these are chased up straight away after the sale before the product has been used over a longer period they may not be reliable as long detailed feedback.  If you intend to buy from the larger operations I would strongly suggest that you read not just the first few goal post reviews but go through a few pages as more realistic and stronger comment is hidden away.  Many customers make comment without ever seeing or using better products so even positive reviews can be misleading if users have never seen or used better-engineered products. It really is worth looking around and find reviews of customers that have had both Samba Goals and ITSA GOAL posts. See customer comments on

The conclusion regarding plastic goals is that the are the best value for money garden football goals when goals are being left installed with the net attached. For goals where nets are to be removed after matches or goals are to be dismantled (crossbar and back bar clipped off the side frames with nets left fixed to the side frames-which is the best option for storage) then the professional plastic ITSA GOAL posts leave the rest far behind. For footballers who want the very best looking and the best performing 7v7 12’x6’ club football goals.

Regarding the larger plastic goals then it is even more important to go with ITSA GOAL posts as Samba goals have a crossbar that dips considerably as it is supplied in four sections. ITSA GOAL 16’x7’ posts have two section crossbars which enable the plastic to be straighter than Forza or Samba goals. All plastic goals at this length will dip more than 10mm so it is advisable if clubs wish to play in matches to buy the optional aluminum crossbar available on the ITSA GOAL version if they wish to conform to standards. These metal crossbars to fit the plastic goals can be supplied in one section or two sections depending on storage requirements. The standard ITSA GOAL design where net supports are fixed into the corner of the goals and not just pushed in holes makes them much sturdier than large Samba Goals. The longer sections cost a little more to ship as the sections are longer than Forza goals and Samba goals but it is well worth the small extra charge.