Plastic Goal posts – Samba Goals, Forza, ITSA Goalposts

When looking to purchase Plastic Football Goals – Samba, Forza, ITSA Goalposts, what choice could you make ?

Just bought another set of goal posts from ITSA goal. Fantastic quality easy to put together buying two more set of 12×6 plastic then we will finally get rid of our old Samba goals. Been buying now from ITSA GOAL for five years…. great service.

Plastic Football Goals – Samba, Forza, ITSA Goalposts

Plastic Football Goals – Samba, Forza, ITSA Goalposts ? The customer comment above is a good guide to the answer to the question. We have a number of comments from customers that have used other plastic goals and everyone has said how much better ITSA Goal posts are. (see reviews) Having manufactured the very first plastic goalposts and created mini soccer for kids we have been asked many times “what is the main difference between Samba Goals and the ITSA GOAL products?” The answer is better engineering, faster installation, longevity, better goal nets, stronger, Better looking, longer warranty and in most cases more competitive. After creating safe ‘football goals it was not long before copies of our concept started to appear.

The first on the block was Samba Goals and latterly Forza Goals. Lesser engineered and cheaper plastic football goals entering the new market we created.  Both Samba Goals and ITSA GOAL posts have now been in use for many years in gardens and junior clubs around the UK which has led to a reduction in serious accidents with children’s goalposts.Every budding soccer star needs a  safe quality football goal and there is nothing quite like using proper realistic goal post to really enthuse children. The better they are the more likely children will enjoy playing football. Unlike other makes ITSA GOAL posts look the part.

As a company, we are beginning to feel the benefit of our stance for quality as we replace many Samba Goals on a weekly basis. We have highlighted the main differences between the plastic goals in the hope other users will not be misled by pictures and unjustified claims. Customer feedback generated by paid companies that do not talk about the performance of the products over time but mealy a fast service need to be considered carefully before deciding to buy.

Every budding soccer star needs a good quality football goal for practice and play but there is nothing quite like using proper realistic goal posts to really enthuse children. The better they are the more likely children will enjoy playing football.

Unlike other makes ITSA GOAL posts look like proper goalposts and not toys.

Prices between Samba Goals and ITSA GOALS are very similar but the engineering, the innovation, the net fitting and the longevity are miles apart. If you buy an ITSA GOAL post it will last if you buy any other plastic goal post it will more than likely end up in a landfill site.”Made in China & buried in Britain”.

What are the benefits of buying garden football goals?

Garden football goals are a great way to encourage kids outdoors, away from computer games to engage in real physical activity that will keep them fit and offer, as it did for me, a lifetime passion.

Football goals for the garden are available in a range of sizes, from very small mini goals, right up to full-size goals for teenagers and dads. Whatever space you have, be it a large garden or a small garden then good quality British made football equipment is available.

A set of goal posts enables children to play and practice whenever they want to any time any place. They can experiment, imitate their heroes and create individualism skills without the need for any coach barking out orders.

Some of this football equipment is flimsy, poor made and will not last however for a similar amount of money longer lasting and better-performing goals are available.  Why would anyone buy a plastic football goal with a dipping crossbar..but they do.

European Goalpost standards state they must not dip more than 8 mm but how many plastic goals are in use with crossbars with substantial dipping crossbars well below the standard required. Only ITSA plastic goal posts meet this standard. Customers have every right to return any such football goal that makes claims that they conform when they clearly do not.

Where did the Mini Soccer concept come from?

The first mini soccer garden goals started to be made way back in 1959 when our chairman first constructed a 12’x6′ football goal from wood and pea netting for use with his friends during the long summer school holidays. The goals were set up in Kimberworth near Sheffield on a small grass pitch where the first ever small sided games with 12′ x 6′ goals took place.

Some years later our Chairman made his son a mini soccer goal before deciding every young boy that loves playing football should have the chance of owning one.  A new junior football market was created which also introduced girls for the first time to the game at an early age.

The introduction of Mini soccer into junior schools has seen girls and women’s football explode in the U.K. and around the world. Once the market became established by our company others started to see the potential and copies such as Samba Goals arrived and latterly cheaper Forza Goals. ( basically a copy of a Samba Goal).  As the original products could not be bettered competitors could only look to reduce the quality and prices to gain market share. This is why Samba goal products are so prolific and why we are so busy replacing them.

Unbiased information

The information on football goals for the garden we offer to potential customers is always unbiased because that is the way we operate. We do not mind informing potential customers about our competitors unlike other bogus reports on garden goalposts that deliberately leave out information our products to try and bolster the reputation of others.

It is understandable and a little easier for us to mention competitors when we make the best products. We will explain the differences as we see them good and bad. Our customers always find our information helpful and we never try to pressure sell, we do not need to.

What are the advantages of PVC football goals?

Football goals made from high impact UV stabilized uPVC are popular because they are safe, lightweight, durable and strong. All age groups can be accommodated and some offer extensions as children grow which is an advantage if your children are keen footballers from the start.

The other option for gardens are the lightweight flimsy steel goalposts which we would not recommend as they do not look like goalposts, the nets just do not last and they will rust. If you buy these they will not last. They are toys and goal nets are of a very low quality. (some only last a day) .Only suitable in our opinion for the very young player aged two or three.

If you read the customer feedback on Argos, Tesco and Amazon you will see what others say. I am amazed that they still sell them with the feedback given.(some are shown on )

You can also find plastic goals imported from the Far East that look similar to our own but the pictures are blown up with youngsters playing in front of the goalpost that is out of proportion to the goal which makes the post sections look bigger than they actually are. Most of these have posts that are 25 mm / 50 mm round tube which is not strong enough, in our opinion, for goalposts. This may be a deliberate misrepresentation to make a sale so please check that any plastic posts used on goal posts are no smaller than 68 mm diameter tube.

Far East products may use reground plastic material and not virgin tube and anything can be mixed in with this plastic and it may be toxic. It is always best to spend a little more and buy plastic goalposts that are made from new virgin uPVC material and then you can guarantee it will have UV stabilization, high impact strength and be recyclable.

Plastic Football Goals – Samba, Forza, ITSA Goalposts – Are plastic football goals easy to assemble?

Normally they slot together with ease and are straightforward to assemble. Unlike bolted steel goals which tend to be heavier and don’t dismantle quite so easily. Look for the FASTSTART logo if you want to play faster on match days.

Some PVC goals are easier to assemble than others but the guiding rule is the fewer sections the goal has the quicker they can be put up. Net fitting is the laborious part of any goal installation however some have net fixings that allow goal nets to be easily lifted on and off. The rest, however, rely on nets being clipped around the posts which are a little more time consuming and does not look as professional.

This method of net fitting pulls crossbars down accentuating the dip and as the nets are wrapped underneath the posts on the ground frames they fray very quickly. This is not the case on our football goals as the nets are fitted to neat net fixings on the rear and base of the posts to keep nets off the ground.

Most plastic goals offer the option of carrying bags so this type of football goal is ideal if you need to use at different locations. The point to consider is, the smaller the bag the more post sections needed the longer it takes to erect the goalposts, Samba Goals are all made to one length so one bag fits all. As the majority of clubs now store football goals on site bags are not now required at most Junior club.

What warranty do plastic goals have?

All offer the statutory twelve months guarantee however only one manufacturer offers an unmatched two-year guarantee and extended warranty on its club range of goal posts.(ITSA GOAL). We are the only company to back up the claim of longevity. The longest, we are aware of, was nineteen years old. Other brands like Samba Goals imply their goals last but do not back it up with warranty in the same way our company does. Users of other plastic goals are lucky to get two seasons use before they have problems with dipping crossbars, lost creased net supports and fraying nets.

What are the main differences between Samba Goals, Forza goals, and ITSA Goals?

Plastic Football Goals – Samba, Forza, ITSA Goalposts – The two longest suppliers of popular plastic goals are Samba Goals and ITSA Goalposts.  Both use the same plastic posts and uprights which are secured by push in locking buttons. The main difference, however, is that whereas Samba Goals have rear unsecured net supports just pushed into holes on the corner brackets the ITSA GOAL posts all have net supports secured to the crossbar and upright by a smaller locking button fitted to a protruding spigot.

This simple design feature ensures the goalpost frame is stronger and more secure during play and when the goal is moved around. The net support tubes stay in place and do not pop out when footballs hit them as with Samba Goals.

The other striking difference is the way the goal net is fitted to the posts. Samba Goals like all other children’s plastic and metal goalposts clip nets around the posts. The problem with this net fitting system is that it tends to look unprofessional, the net pulls the crossbar down and along the ground, the net has to be pulled under the frame which means as the goal is moved around the net rubs and frays.

In comparison, the ITSA GOAL posts all have unique arrowhead net fixings to the rear of the posts that allow nets to be quickly lifted on and off after use. Along the ground frame, a similar net fixing ensures goal nets are not pulled under the frame to fray and thus the goal nets last much longer.

The net quality is similar on both Samba Goals and ITSA GOAL posts, however, ITSA GOAL nets are always supplied with a distinctive white twine with shaped thicker net head cords.

Goalposts should have a roof to the net according to the laws of the game and all ITSA Goalposts have always included this feature. The original Samba Fun Goals did not have this feature but they did eventually introduce the Match range of Samba Goals that had a roof to the net.

Check photographs as many plastic goal sales pictures are shown head on which hides the fact the type of net supports the goals have. (Forza goals in particular show head on shots).

Goalposts such as Samba Goals are mainly sold through third party retailers and online stores whereas ITSA GOAL posts are currently only supplied directly from their own websites. The reseller’s profit we use in our Innovation center to improve our product design resulting in better-engineered products.

Samba goals have very recently added a new folding corner bracket in conjunction with the football brand Mitre to help offset one of their customer’s major frustrations “the time to install on match days”.

The new hinged corner is placed at the foot of the post and if they do break then nothing can stop the post from just toppling forward. It remains to be seen if this innovation will prove to be successful on plastic goalposts as it is still slower than our own installation.

We feel these new Samba folding football goals are not strong enough.(time will tell). In our opinion, this expensive new bracket will not improve matters as the goal net supports still need to be attached once the side has dropped to the floor. A further investment of over £100 on an existing poorly engineered product may well be money down the drain.


Footie goals are a budget version of the club ITSA Goalposts and both are manufactured by the same company in Sheffield. They look the same when installed.

Both football goals use high impact uPVC and are “Made in Sheffield” the home of football. Both use the same strong moldings, virgin PVC tube and top quality 2.5mm white goal nets. They look similar however the FOOTIE GOALS are less expensive as they do not have net fixings attached to the rear of the posts.

The do not have locking buttons but have rubber gaskets to hold posts together. They do however have locking buttons to secure rear net supports to the crossbar and corner brackets. When the nets are fitted to these football goals they are secure and do not come apart in use.

The nets are normally attached to the goal posts and not taken off after play. Ideal for gardens where goalposts are left up. (options are available for removable net ties if required).

The ITSA GOAL post in comparison has all the posts drilled for net fixings and locking post buttons. They are designed for Junior football clubs who need to quickly store away after use. They have unique features not found on Samba Goals or other Far East copies.

Users tell us they are much better than Samba goals and are quicker and easier to install and use than any other plastic goal. Other claims of fully locking goalposts by other makers, in our opinion, is misleading as they just push net supports un-locked into holes on the corner bracket and therefore the goals are not fully locking as stated.

Customers do have 30 days to return any football goals if they feel they have been misled by any sales information or if sales pictures. This includes misleading pictures showing straight crossbars when they are actually bent, goalposts that state they conform to standards when they do not and goalposts that state they are fully locking when they are not.

John Wilson,

Technical Director

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