There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a 60 metre torpedo sail through the goal posts, or bending one through from an impossible angle on the boundary.
As the most important piece of equipment a football club can invest in, it’s important to know exactly what to look for.
We’ve put together this ultimate guide to AFL posts so you can spend less time trawling the internet for info, and more time practicing your opposite-foot banana kick from the boundary line.
What height should my AFL goals be?
AFL post height is usually dependent on the age group or competition type that is being playing.
Professional AFL goal posts like those used on the MCG are 15 m tall, with behind posts standing at 10 m, though most local football grounds don’t require posts nearly this tall.
For adult competitions, goalposts are required to be a minimum of 6 meters tall, with behind posts required to be at least 3 meters in height. Depending on budget, AFL goal post height usually varies between 6m – 12m for adult competitions.
Budget AFL posts (which measure in around the 5m mark for goal posts) are also available. These smaller posts are most suitable for junior footy competitions or primary schools. They might also be set up at home – providing you have enough room in your backyard!
How far apart should my AFL goal posts be?
For professional/adult competitions the two goal posts should be spaced 6.4 meters apart, with the two behind posts a further 6.4 meters on either side of the goal posts. The posts should be in a straight line, with a measurement of 19.2 meters between the two behind posts.
For Junior Auskick competitions the goals are often placed closer together, so they’re more in proportion with the smaller grounds used. Remember not to make the goal area too small, as it’s great for the development and confidence of young players if they can kick a goal!
What should my AFL goal posts be made from?
The most common types of metal AFL posts are made from are either steel or aluminium. The type you choose will largely depend on your requirements and budget.
Steel AFL Goal Posts
Galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel, in order to prevent rusting. This process provides long-lasting protection from the weather. Galvanised steel AFL posts are best suited to situations where they are exposed to rough, rigorous play, or potential vandalism.
The main advantage of steel goals is that they are a very durable option, and often cheaper than aluminium. However, the disadvantage is that steel is slightly more prone to corrosion over time.
Aluminium Australian rules goals are made from a much more lightweight metal, however they are still incredibly strong. Aluminium has a silvery white appearance and is much lighter than steel. Aluminium goals are the best choice for multi-play fields where goals need to be removed from time to time to accommodate other sports. Aluminium is usually more expensive than steel, but it is incredibly long lasting and provides more flexibility in terms of transportation and installation.
How are AFL posts installed and removed?
There are two different ways AFL posts can be installed – 1) using a sleeve that sits beneath the ground; or 2) using a hinged system.
The most common way of installing AFLposts is using ground sleeves. The sleeves are placed beneath the ground and permanently concreted into place. A cage is usually placed around the sleeve at the same time as concreting to provide additional support.
It can be quite tricky to erect and dismantle sleeved AFL posts – so the alternative is to install them using a hinged system.The post hinging system allows posts to be raised and lowered with the use of a tractor or other small machine with much more control. It also means the posts can be put together and dismantled with ease on the ground.
What safety requirements should be considered for AFL posts?
You will need to make sure the football posts you are purchasing are suitable to the environment where they will be installed. Because AFL posts extend so far out of the ground, they are very much exposed to wind. It is essential that the structure is installed according to the correct wind rating to make sure it is safe and secure. W41 wind rating is suitable for conditions that are not usually subject to excessive gale force conditions. They are most suitable to inland locations. W50 wind ratings suit coastal areas that are exposed to stronger winds or cyclone conditions. If you are unsure about what wind rating your area is exposed to, check with your local council.
It is highly recommended to install post padding on your AFL posts for obvious safety reasons. In fact, most schools, clubs and councils are obliged by law to cover all exposed sports equipment with padding to protect players. Padding can vary in height – however, as a minimum, it is recommended to cover the first 1.8 meters. Always carefully check height or width requirements before purchasing padding, as measurements can vary significantly from post to post.
We hope you found this AFL goal post guide useful.
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