Your Own Soccer Goal (Junior/Youth
Size Net 12' X 6' X 4')
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This page provides do-it-yourself instructions for making your own backyard/front yard soccer goal. I built one because my son decided he wanted to play keeper/goalie. I built the second so the neighbourhood kids might play "pick-up" games. Unfortunately, the second net hasn't seen much use...yet...for the time being, they still like to take shots on each other on one net only. Regardless, the whole idea of course is to get the kids (young and old) playing outside.
Why make your own soccer goal/net?
Manufactured soccer nets are very expensive. Those of use who live in Canada cannot buy from on-line places that sell the relatively inexpensive soccer goals - that is, they do not ship to here (yet). Our local soccer store quoted $1000 for a 12'X6'X4' goal with netting - but only $80 for the netting alone. This gave me the inspiration to make my own. There are two designs here that are both meant to be "portable" (light) not permanent - but be forewarned, they are NOT collapsible - you will need a place to store your net, so find that storage spot first? These nets are very easy to move, but stay put when playing soccer. They are also safer than a rigid goal - i.e., cemented-in steel poles.
How it is made
This is certainly not rocket science, this page is meant mostly as inspiration and to save you calculating your cuts - look closely at the images, particularly Figures 1 and 3. As mentioned above, there are two designs. One is simple and inexpensive, the other is more complicated and more pleasing to the eye, and has the bonus of slightly easier ball retrieval.