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Portable Soccer Goal Profile: The Duralite Transformable Soccer Goal

Posted by Noel on Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

Today’s profile covers the portable, transforming soccer goal series, from goal manufacturer, Duralite.

Duralite Portable Soccer Goal (Transformable)

Duralite Portable Soccer Goal (Transformable)

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.

2" Duralite Portable Soccer Goal Post

2" Duralite Portable Soccer Goal Post

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.

These soccer goals can be found at Duralite’s online store.

Portable Soccer Goal Safety

Posted by Noel on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010

The topic of soccer goal safety is abuzz in the news today as CBS aired a report in regards to how you can make portable soccer goals safer. With that report in mind, there are a few important safety points that need to be considered when shopping for a soccer goal whether it be portable or permanent. Of course, as this is the Duralite Soccer Goal Blog, you will have to forgive us for highlighting how the Duralite Soccer Goal meets these requirements.

Tipped Soccer Goal

Tipped Soccer Goal

Weight

Steel is a very sturdy and strong material that is exceedingly cheap. Unfortunately it is also dangerously heavy. Whether a soccer goal is permanent or portable, a reasonably thick and durable length of aluminum is a much safer option. Aluminum weighs nearly one-third as much as steel, meaning that in the unlikely event that a goal should tip over, the result would be 80 pounds collapsing as opposed to about 230. This is the difference between a broken bone or death (steel) and a bruise or possible concussion (aluminum). Neither is ideal but the latter is certainly the more preferable option. Duralite’s 8′ x 24′ portable soccer goal weighs only 60lbs.

Anchoring

Any soccer goal that is made by an accepted manufacturer such as Kwik Goal, Duralite, Fold-a-Goal or Goal Oriented, to name a few has a solid anchoring system in place as part of the soccer goal’s design. There are several ways to anchor a soccer goal, some are more costly than others, but at the very least outdoor goals should include locking stakes that drive into the ground or a sand bag kit. Indoor goals should have a weighted back bottom bar and anchor bags. The Duralite portable soccer goal includes an “X-Cross” stake anchoring system that, while simple, is incredibly effective. Two 10″ stakes go through the rear of the ground posts at a 45 degree angle. They then cross underground and create an “X” that locks the goals into place.

Design

A good soccer goal is designed with a plan to mitigate the possibility of the goal causing damage. For every type of soccer goal whether permanent, semi-permanent or portable, there are ways to make the goal safer. A permanent soccer goal on a turf field can have an underground locking system with chains and cement. An indoor soccer goal can be built into the framework of the indoor field itself and a semi-permanent goal that is moved around the field can have a weighted back-bottom bar with increased length on its ground supports to keep the goal from tipping. When shopping for a soccer goal, study the literature on the manufacturers brochure or website and find out what design plan was used to ensure that the goal does not fall over. If you cannot find one, call the company and ask. Duralite’s portable goals are actually designed so that they will not stand into position unless they have been properly anchored. Once anchored they will not move out of position until the anchors have been removed. This removes the possibility of distracted or lazy set up.

Some great sources of information on the topic include Anchored for Safety, USCPSC Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety, USCPSC Safety Alert.

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