Whether you are just starting to play soccer, or you want an excuse to play the sport with your family, one thing which will be needed is your own soccer goal.
And since it is such a large project many assume it is the kind of thing you have to buy, but making one yourself is actually incredibly simple, and will not even cost you that much.
While you might need to buy some tools, if you DIY projects often, this should not be the case. It is also a great activity to involve all of the family in making it a fun project.
So, if you are looking for how to make your own soccer goal, but you have no idea where to start, keep reading!
Building A Soccer Goal Overview
A homemade soccer goal is essentially a triangle made from PVC pipes originally intended for plumbing alongside deer netting.
The instructions we use in this guide will get you a goal which is 4 by 5 feet, however, you can easily adapt the measurements to make it bigger or smaller depending on your final goal.
While you can involve children with this process, you will want to make sure there is always an adult present so nothing goes wrong, especially with the more dangerous tools.
Step By Step Soccer Goal Guide
This guide will go through each step in the exact amount of detail needed to ensure no mistakes are made, so read carefully, and go through the whole guide before you start working.
Lay Out Your Pieces
Firstly, using a tape measure, get your 4 10 foot pieces of PVC pipe and split them into the lengths you will need by marking them out first. This will be 2 5 foot sections, 2 4 foot sections, 4 3 foot sections, and 4 1 foot sections.
Cut Your Pipe
Once you have marked up your PVC pipes and are sure that you can get all the different sections needed, lay your pipe on the worktable and hang off the section which you are cutting off.
You will want to cut the marked section using a hacksaw, if you want, you can use your first piece as a guide for the other. Once you have cut up the pieces, you will end up with one unneeded 6 foot section if you have done the project correctly.
You will then want to use some 80 grit sandpaper to smooth out the ends on your pipes.
Dry Fit Your Frame
Before you start working with the glue, you want to dry fit your pieces so you know that they all work together before making the project permanent.
With the base make your 2 corners by attaching a foot section to a 3 foot one, do this twice and then connect them by adding tees onto the 1 foot sections and then you can repeat this to make the top with the difference of using a 4 foot section to attach to the 1 foot sections.
You want to add elbows to the short side of your base and then face upwards, so the goal can, once you have made an L shaped frame, you can connect the bottom to the top using the 5 foot sections.
If you are struggling with visualizing this, look to an example goal to follow as a guide.
Check Your Connections
Use a marker to check your connections and so you will know where each of the pipes will connect, this means that you can remember where everything goes.
If you skip this step, you can end up not knowing where your connections need to go, so make sure you make these markings!
Glue The Frame
You are then ready to connect the frame using a PVC pipe cement on the ends of the pipe and then the inside of the connector. You will want to make sure that you can keep it as clean as possible as the cement usually dries quite quickly.
Most PVC cement has a strong smell, so you want to do this step in a well ventilated area or outdoors.
Construct The Net
Once all of the connections have dried and the frame is sturdy, you want to take the goal outdoors. Then you want to unroll your netting and measure how much you need to cover the back and the sides of your net and leave a little overhang.
Attach Your Net
Then you wrap your netting around the goal posts and leave it a little loose, so your ball will not tear the netting. Then you want to attach your netting to the frame using zip ties.
You want to make sure the zip ties are pulled tight, so the net does not become misplaced. You want to use the zip ties every few inches so you can be sure the net is properly connected. You also want to use utility scissors to snip off any long ties.
Cut Off Your Excess
Then you want to use your utility scissors to cut off any excess netting on the goal, this will likely be on the top and the bottom of the goal. Try to be neat with this, but also make sure you are not cutting too much away as well.
Hold It Down
Depending on the weather in your area, you might want to come up with some method of keeping the goal weighed down, for example, some people use smaller sandbags to keep it attached. There are other methods, but this one does work particularly well.
Materials And Tools
For this project you will need; a tape measure and a permanent marker for making your measurements and marking them up. You will also want a hacksaw for cutting your pipe down, and utility scissors for cutting your netting and cutting the zip ties.
You will also of course need zip ties for attaching the netting, and you will need PVC cement for attaching the pipes to the connectors