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About Football Glossary - Goalpost


American football field with goal post, elevated view
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Definition: The poles at the rear of each end zone through which teams score field goals and extra points.
The goalpost consists of a post, crossbar, and two uprights. The post that holds the uprights is 10 feet tall and placed approximately 80 feet from the sidelines. The crossbar, which is 18 feet, 6 inches in length, sits atop the post. The uprights extend 30 feet above the crossbar.
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