Freezing/thawing procedures induce enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in mammalian sperm and these ROS may be a cause for the decrease in sperm function following cryopreservation. In the present study, we used a chemiluminescence method to detect ROS-induced damage in goat spermatozoa. Iron-induced luminescence of fresh and frozen/thawed sperm cells was assessed using a luminometer. It was shown that the freezing/thawing procedure had a significant effect on some luminescence parameters. Semen freezing significantly increased the values of integral, peak max, T.half (rise) and T.max (peak) parameters. A significant correlation was observed between the percentage of motile spermatozoa and integral, peak max and T.half (rise) parameters. In conclusion, the results of the present study indicate that measurement of induced luminescence can be an alternative, sensitive and relatively simple method for assessing the effect of cryopreservation on oxidative damage to spermatozoa.