Portable Soccer Goal Profile: The Duralite Transformable Soccer Goal
Today’s profile covers the portable, transforming soccer goal series, from goal manufacturer, Duralite.
The first question that comes to mind when someone reads the word, “transformable” is, what do you mean by transformable? Thankfully the answer is fairly simple, the goal can be adjusted so that it will function in up to three different sizes. For instance, if you bought one of the full size, 8’ x 24’ soccer goals, that same goal could also be adjusted to 8’ x 16’ and 8’ x 8’.
This transformability function works because the goal is portable. It comes in a package of 7 major parts and 6 joiner parts. The 7 major posts are all of equal size so when you remove one or two of those posts, the entire goal changes size. This same fact makes for a low profile package when the goal is disassembled and it also means that an entire league quality, 8’ x 24’ portable soccer goal can be shipped for less than $60.00.
This goal series comes in the eight standard sizes used by soccer leagues internationally. 8’ x 24’, 7’ x 21’, 6.5’ x 18.5’, 6’ x 18’, 6.5 x 12’, 6’ x 12’, 5’ x 10’ and 4.5 x 9’. The heaviest of these goals is only 60lbs and they are constructed of 2” round aluminum tube.
Two factors make these the most durable portable soccer goals on the market. The first is that they are constructed of thick, yet lightweight, 1/8” wall aluminum. The second is that they have only two parts that require welding. These are important points because the only things that will kill a goal are damage from overuse or transportation, and damage from worn out welds, so quality welds and as few of them as possible, make for a long lasting goal. Also, metal that thick can withstand cracks from a baseball bat.
The goal is also designed so that it must be anchored in order to work. Quite literally, it will not stay up unless it is assembled with its anchoring system in place. Once the anchor is in place, the goal does not move. This is done to ensure the safety of the people using the soccer goals. The anchor system works by driving four separate 10” stakes at 20 degree angles in the back of the goal. The stakes then cross to make an underground X on either side of the goal, making it immovable. For turf fields, the goal requires a separate back bottom bar to give counter weight on the back.
The goal is surprisingly affordable, ranging from $99.00 for the smallest version to an even $300.00 for a full sized portable. Just as a heads up, as is common with league goal manufacturers, nets are sold separately.