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Purchasing a Soccer Goal, Part-3: Choosing a Model

Posted by Noel on Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

This is the third and final part of a three part shopping guide for soccer goals. If you happened to find this page first, you can look at part one, choosing a class, by clicking here, and part two, picking a size, by clicking here. This portion of our soccer goal shopping guide will go over choosing the correct model. There are basically two different models that most soccer goal companies will offer, they are traditional and lightweight. As with everything else, each company has different names for each of these models, but in order to keep it simple we will use and define these terms for the purposes of this shopping guide.

Shooting on Goal

Shooting on Goal

Traditional Model Soccer Goal

A traditional model soccer goal has a top depth of one foot or more. Because of that little feature, most of these goals have a framework that runs down the back of the goal and that framework makes the goal both heavier and safer than lightweight model goals.

Traditional Soccer Goal Model

Traditional Soccer Goal Model

Pros

A traditional soccer goal looks cool, it has the classic frame that you see in pro games. The extra framework means that it is unlikely to tip over.

Cons

Traditional soccer goals are heavy, they have more material involved in their construction and so they are tougher to move and in the unlikely event that they do fall, there is more weight to cause injury, always anchor your soccer goals and this won’t be a problem.

Why You Should Choose a Traditional Model of Soccer Goal

This type of goal is a great choice for leagues and for families who are planning to set a goal up and then leave it up, or move it only a short distance. If there is a field in place that is used solely for soccer, the traditional model is the way to go.

Lightweight Model Soccer Goal

A lightweight model soccer goal has no top depth. Thanks to that little feature, these goals don’t need a lot of framework to keep shape. This also makes them less expensive and as the name states, much much lighter than traditional models.

Lightweight Soccer Model

Lightweight Soccer Model

Pros

Due to the fact that there is less framework involved, these goals last longer. While this sounds counter intuitive, it is true, the more welding that you do with a soccer goal, the shorter the lifespan of that goal. Lightweight goals often need little to no welding at all to work. They are also easier to move and cost less.

Cons

Anchoring is more important with these goals than with traditional goals as these goals have less weight pushing them down. They don’t have that cool traditional look.

Why You Should Choose a Lightweight Model of Soccer Goal

This type of goal is a great choice for leagues and for families who may not be leaving the goal up all year round. They are meant to be moved. They are also great for families and leagues on a budget as they cost less and last much longer.

That is all that we will be covering in this year’s shopping guide, we hope that the guide was helpful and that it enabled you to narrow down which goal would be ideal for your home, league or school. We will end this guide with a list of soccer goals that we recommend you take a look at.

Pop-up/Tent

Pugg Goal
Bownet Goal

PVC/Training

Duralite Training Soccer Goal

Flat/Rebounder

Kickback Rebounder
Kwik Goal Rebounder

Portable

Backyard Goal
Portable Goals

Permanent

Kwik Goal
Tournament Soccer Goal

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$100k Embezzlement from Youth Soccer Club Not Uncommon

Posted by Noel on Thursday, 7 October, 2010

Brian Molloy, 38, of Farmington, MI was arraigned Monday on one count of embezzlement from the Livonia City Soccer Club. The theft of over $100,000.00 was reported to police by two of the club’s board members on Sept. 17.  The soccer club’s board removed Molloy from his post Monday, the same day the group sent a letter explaining the situation to parents, according to board member Joe Bauman.

Embezzlement

Embezzlement

What makes this even more unfortunate, is that this is not an uncommon occurrence amongst youth soccer organizations. I have had the honor and pleasure of working closely with soccer clubs and youth organizations for a little over twelve years now in my job. In that time I have been told of a few, granted smaller, embezzlement cases against youth leagues.

What I have found most interesting in hearing these stories is that most of the time, the embezzler is not your classic villain. They usually start off like any other board member, as a volunteer with kids in the program, a volunteer who earns respect and is highly regarded. But in some cases, times get tough and the volunteer, seeing an account with thousands of dollars in it,  takes just a little (at first) with the full intention of paying it back. As smaller amounts become larger amounts, like $100,000.00 in Malloy’s case, paying it back becomes impossible.

The part of these stories that is most striking to me is that most times, while the embezzler is deservedly shunned and punished by the leagues, they are often not reviled. Sure, I’ll hear things like, “idiot”, “what was he thinking” and “he screwed us”, but rarely do I hear of a story where there isn’t some understanding, despite the severe disappointment.

To be fair, this is the first embezzlement case I’ve heard of in a long while as leagues and clubs have put several measures in to protect Board members from themselves. Polcies such as two signature checks, no automatic monthly debits of any kind and monthly auditing of accounts. But where there is a loophole it seems that some people just can’t help themselves. In the case of Molloy, he pulled off the embezzlement because two different soccer clubs in Livonia merged and one of the club’s accounts, which accepted online registration fees, was never closed. This account accumulated money, which was quietly purloined by Molloy.

This whole situation is a complete disaster but the club has pledged to its players and parents that their experience will not be affected by it. Hopefully we’ll never hear one of these stories again.

Ban of Iranian Girl’s Soccer Team Creates a Peculiar Problem

Posted by Noel on Monday, 5 April, 2010

According to the Associate Press, Iran’s girls’ soccer team was thrown out of the Youth Olympics because FIFA rules prevent players from wearing an Islamic headscarf.

Soccer in Hijab

Iranian soccer player wears a hijab scarf

The hijab scarf — worn by girls and women to observe Islamic dress code — was not allowed under FIFA rules relating to on-field equipment, the Asian Football Confederation said. Despite the urging of Iran’s national Olympic committee for the ban to be reviewed by the International Olympic Committee, the Iranian under 18 girls soccer squad will not be participating in the coming youth Olympics this August.

In response to criticism regarding the decision, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, referenced soccer’s international rulebook which contains a section on player equipment, stating that “basic compulsory equipment must not have any political, religious or personal statements.”

Canadian Player Dons a Hijab Scarf

This is a peculiar problem for FIFA and soccer worldwide. The intent of the law was clearly to avoid religious persecution and problem by removing one potential source. Insisting that all teams wear uniforms that do not express religious or political opinions or agendas of any kind would normally help in that regard, but in this case the tolerance policy proves to be remarkably intolerant.

The best team from the Asian Football conference will not be playing in the tournament and it will be so because of a law that forces one side or the other to bend. FIFA has shown that they will not, and the Iranian Football Federation (F.F.I.R.I) certainly will not either. All in all, the whole thing is unfortunate as a team of hopeful young athletes who earned a spot in the Olympics will sit at home.

Iran was to have taken part in a six-nation tournament for girls at the inaugural competition in Singapore on Aug. 12-25. About 3,600 athletes, ages 14 to 18, will compete in 26 sports.

Thailand will now represent Asia in Iran’s stead against Turkey, Equatorial Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile and Papua New Guinea.

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