This is part of the goal, it refers to the goal frame (post and crossbar). To hit the woodwork is to hit the post – to almost score.
- Example: Luca Toni’s penalty came back off the woodwork and Italy failed to score.
- Example: According to the Mail Online: ‘Johnson says woodwork cost Liverpool a Champions League place’. The Liverpool defender argues that his team were unlucky as they hit the woodwork more times than any other team in the Premier League.