With the ever increasing variety of soccer equipment on the market – choosing the right goals your soccer club can sometimes be confusing.
We often hear the same questions – What type of goal do I need? What shape should I choose? What materials are the best? Which nets suit my goals?
To help shed some light on the topic, Grand Slam has put together this simple guide to help out when choosing the right soccer goals for your club.
What type of soccer goal do I need?
Practice soccer goals
First of all, you need to figure out the type of goal is needed. And that all depends on what the soccer players will be using them for.
You might need the goals predominately for practice and recreational soccer. If this is the case – portable, multi-purpose goals would be most suitable.
These goals are particularly suitable for younger players, as they come in smaller sizes and can easily be transported to different locations.
The Multi Purpose Goal (MPG) is perfect for junior players as it is very light-weight and safe. It comes in kit form so is very easy to fold up and store away. It measures 2800mm wide x 2000mm high x 1200mm deep. Lockdowns pegs are available to secure the goal to the ground, providing more stability and safety for players.
The Deluxe Multi-Use Duty Futsal Goal (DMUG) is a heavier duty portable goal. They are made from high quality, powder-coated steel which offers great protection from rust and sun damage. Storing these goals is also very easy as the sides are fully collapsible through the use of pivoting hinges. They come with a heavy duty net with hexagonal mesh, and measure 3000mm wide x 2000mm high x 900mm deep.
This type of goal is great for training sessions as they offer a more flexible option to transport to different places. It is also suitable to use for other sports such as hockey and handball.
Full sized soccer goals
If you need a full-sized soccer goal for junior and senior games – a more permanent goal that inserts into a ground sleeve might be more appropriate. There are two main types of material that your soccer goal might be made from – steel or aluminium.
Steel soccer goals provide a heavy duty option that is designed for permanent installation in the ground. They are galvanised which provides long-lasting protection from the weather. The main advantage of steel goals is that they are a very durable option, and often cheaper than aluminium. However, the disadvantage is that the metal is slightly more prone to corrosion over time.
Aluminium soccer goals are a much more light-weight metal, however they are still incredibly strong. It has a silvery white appearance and is ideal for easy transportation. Goal frames are made from three-walled oval profile aluminium, providing an ideal weight/strength ratio.
Both types of soccer goals are installed in the ground using sleeves. These sleeves are permanently concreted into the ground and are positioned under the playing surface so that posts may be removed during the off-season. The ground sleeves can then be covered by caps, making the field usable for other sports and ensuring the safety of players.
What shape should my soccer goals be?
The shape of your soccer goal determines how the net hangs and also, how much room there is inside the goal. Three main types of soccer goal shapes are P-shaped, free-standing, and free-hanging.
P-shaped soccer goals
P-shaped goals are usually more light and portable than other types of goals. They are usually installed using ground sleeves so they can be easily removed and carried off the field and into storage.
The aluminium senior P-shaped goals (SG200A) and junior P-shaped goals (SG200A-U12) are a great choice for these reasons. They both come with welded inner mitre joints for strength, but the three-walled oval profile aluminium means they are lightweight enough for easy transportation. The senior P-shaped goal measures 7320mm wide x 2440mm high. The junior P-shaped goal is 500mm wide x 2000mm high.The ‘P’ refers to the P-shaped poles that support the net – which hangs down to the ground on an approximately 45-degree angle to the crossbar.
Free-standing soccer goals
The main advantage of the free-standing goals is that it is fully supported by the frame. This creates more space within the goal, preventing players from getting tangled. It also allows the net more support to protect from wind damage and provides a stronger bounce back for the soccer ball.
The other huge advantage of the free-standing soccer goal is that it doesn’t need to be installed in ground sleeves (hence, the name – free standing!). If you are unable to install anything permanently on the field – these goals offer the perfect solution.
The senior free-standing goals (SG300A) and junior free-standing goals (SG300A-U12) provide this option. They consist of lightweight aluminium, allowing them to be moved around with ease. They are safely secured into place using lock down plates and anchor pegs to prevent any movement during play.
Free-hanging soccer goals
The senior free-hanging goal (SG400A) comes with welded inner mitre joints, plastic net hooks, ground sockets, caps and net supports. It is available in aluminium or powder-coated finish. The net can be further neatened by using an SG400A back net support (SG400A-LBN). This piece attaches to the bottom of the goal and pushes out the net to provide more support at ground level.Free-hanging nets are typically used for professional football games. They are supported by two net support posts at the back. This creates a neat box shape while preserving the simple, lightweight structure.
Combination soccer and rugby goals
So what happens when you share your soccer field with rugby players? (Other than getting worn out turf!).
The ideal solution is the combination soccer/rugby goals (RUG107). They are uniquely designed to suit both sports and eliminates the need to swap over the goals for different games. The combination soccer/rugby goals are very popular with schools, clubs and parks as they offer much more flexibility when trying to cater for multiple sports.
What type of soccer net do I need?
The quality of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.
It is also important to remember that one size does not fit all! Make sure you get the right specifications before purchasing your soccer net to avoid receiving one that is either too big or too small for the goal. of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.
Soccer nets are usually made from polyethylene or nylon and come in different cord thickness and mesh sizes. The quality is determined by the cord thickness and mesh size. For senior players, it is preferable to purchase a net that has a thicker cord and smaller mesh. This will ensure that the quality is high enough to withstand more intense play.
We hope you found this soccer goal guide useful.
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