Football Goalposts

The size of football goalposts has not changed since 1888 when their dimensions were first set. However, the size of players has changed, and this simple fact is one of the main causes for the lack of goals in the modern game.

Next time you watch a football match, count the number of times the ball hits the crossbar or posts. If the changes suggested below are made, every time the ball currently hits a post, a goal would be scored.

Football Goalpost Dimensions

EPL goalkeepers in 2014

The graph below shows the downward trend in goals scored, decade on decade, since 1888.

Notes on the above graph:

Decade (2): 

1891: Penalty Kick introduced and referees first appointed.

Decade (4):   

1914-18 World War I

Decade (6)  

1925: Offside rule reduced to two (previously 3) defenders.

Decade (8)  

1939-45 World War II

Decade (10)

1958: Substitutes first permitted.

Decade (12)

1970: Red and Yellow cards introduced.

Decade (14)

1992: Back pass rule introduced; EPL teams reduced to 20. 

Decade (16)

2012: Goal line technology introduced (but more technology is needed!).


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