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Shopping for Soccer Goals, Part 1 – Choosing a Class

Posted by Noel on Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Every year it becomes increasingly obvious that soccer is America’s youth sport of choice. So, with the holiday season approaching, we thought it would be a good time to go over what may be this season’s top gift for America’s youngest athletes, the soccer goal.

A Full Sized Tournament Soccer Goal

Increased competition and reduced supply costs in this market have made what was once an expensive and unlikely choice for a soccer gift into an ideal one. But with so much competition in the soccer goal market, choosing the right goal for your needs had become more difficult than ever. With that in mind we are publishing this three part blog about finding and choosing the perfect soccer goal for your soccer player. This first part will go over choosing the correct class of soccer goal. The second part covers choosing the correct size for your needs and the final part will go over picking an ideal model. So without further ado, we bring you part one.

Choosing a Soccer Goal Class

The first thing to know when choosing a soccer goal style is what classes there are to choose from. While each manufacturer and some distributors of soccer goals have their own names for these soccer goal types, there are actually only five soccer goal classes; tent/pop-up goals, PVC/training goals, flat/rebounder goals, portable goals and permanent goals. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and prices vary significantly, even within class.

Tent/Pop-Up Goals

Bownet 7 x 18 Tent Style Soccer Goal

With the advent of the PUGG Soccer Goal a whole new concept for soccer goal training came into view. Basically the idea that PUGG brought to market was that a practice goal did not need to have a traditional frame, it just needed to catch the balls that were shot at it. Since then several other companies have run with the idea of making a goal out of a tent, the most popular (aside from the PUGG) at present is probably the Bownet Soccer Goal.

Advantages

Since they are basically tents with a net, they are very light and therefore the safest soccer goals on the market. They also fold and/or disassemble to a very tiny size making them easy to move around and store. This also makes them relatively inexpensive.

Disadvantages

Again, since they are basically tents with a net, they do not give an honest soccer game bounce off of the frame and they do not last very long. Certainly not as long as a traditional portable or permanent goal. Also, these goals do not give off the same soccer field impression as a more traditional metal goal.

Why to Choose this Goal Class

This is the goal to choose if you do not have space at home to play, but you have a park nearby. It is also a great choice for a soccer coach or trainer, or for the dad who wants to coach his kids between practices.

PVC/Training Goals

Training Soccer Goal

PVC Soccer Goal that Changes Size

Before the pop-up and tent goals, there were training goals. Most of them are made of PVC, though some of the larger manufacturers offer these goals in steel or aluminum models. These goals have a more classic square frame than the PUGG, and most can fold and/or be disassembled for portability. This can be a dangerous class to shop in, because it includes a lot of cheap and breakable models. A safe rule for this class is, if it costs less than $75.00 there is probably a reason.

Advantages

Because these goals have an actual frame, they can give a real game bounce and feel off of the post. They are never larger than 8′ Wide and 4′ High so they are lightweight, safe and easy to store. Many of them fold and a few models even change sizes, which can make for a lot of fun at practice or when playing. The good ones will generally last longer than tent/pop-ups.

Disadvantages

While these goals are portable and light, they take up a lot more space than a tent/pop-up goal. They also don’t assemble or “Pop-Up” as fast. The inexpensive ones will break very quickly.

Why to Choose This Class

This type of goal is great for the coach who wants a goal that changes size, or for a young player with a smaller backyard who wants to leave the goal outside all summer long.

Flat/Rebounder Goals

Rebounder Soccer Goal

Rebounder soccer goals were created for coaches who wanted to have players shoot on both sides of a goal. They are flat, with tight nets that bounce the ball back to the player. They are generally made with steel or aluminum frames and aside from the fact that they are flat, they react and create “off the post” bounces that are similar to that of a traditional soccer goal.

Advantages

Rebounder goals take up very little space (in terms of depth) on a soccer field or backyard, so they can fit in more back yards than a traditional soccer goal. The bounce back action that a ball takes off of a rebounder goal can also be very useful when practicing and honing skills. Both sides can take soccer shots at the same time.

Disadvantages

They are not quite as safe as any of the other goals as they generally require stakes or anchors just to stand up. The ball always bounces back, so it is not a traditional goal.

Why to Choose This Class

If you have a soccer player who is constantly beating a soccer ball against the house wall, this is a nice replacement to save that wall. Great for coaches who train many teams or teams with lots of players.

Portable Soccer Goals

Portable Soccer Goal

Full Size Portable Soccer Goal

Portable soccer goals were created for soccer leagues that did not have their own soccer field (which is most leagues). They are traditional soccer goals with traditional frames. The only basic difference between these goals and the permanent ones are that they can be moved. Within the class of portable soccer goals there are many sub-classes, but those will be discussed in another article as they would only add confusion to this topic. What is important to note here is that prices vary in regards to these goals greatly, though price is not always an indication of quality. That being stated, if a portable soccer goal is greater than 5′ high by 10′ wide and costs less than $100.00, it is probably not going to last you very long.

Aside from that rule, the important points to note when picking a worthy portable soccer goal are safety, and quality of materials. As a general rule, you want materials to be thicker than 1/8th of an inch or .125 wall as that gives enough metal for lasting welds. Materials should also be 2″ in width or greater as that prevents bowing in the crossbar and gives a more accurate bounce.

Advantages

These goals are used by both amateur and professional leagues and teams, so they look and act just as a soccer goal should. They are much sturdier than any of the previously mentioned soccer goals so they will last closer to 10 years as opposed to one or so.

Disadvantages

These goals are made of aluminum or steel and will therefore weigh more than a pop-up or PVC goal. This aspect also makes them more dangerous if un-anchored, especially the steel options.

Why to Choose This Class

This class of goal is meant for leagues, but individuals can and should choose these goals if they are looking for an option that can be left up in their fair sized yard all year round. Also, for the player or coach who wants to play on an actual soccer goal and get the bounce and feel of a real game, this is an ideal option. Basically, for a sturdy, lasting realistic soccer feel on the go, choose a portable goal, for a less expensive, quick and light goal, choose a tent/pop-up.

Permanent Soccer Goals

Permanent Soccer Goal

Full Size Permanent Soccer Goal

The original soccer goals were put in place and left there, hence the name, permanent soccer goals. They are what you see on TV and at competitive high school, college and pro level matches. Most are painted white, look gorgeous and are built to last for a long, long time.

Advantages

They look great, last a long time and can weather the weather. Most have 4″ Round metal tube which is perfect if you are looking for a professional quality bounce off of the posts, they are generally built so that they are very difficult to move or pull over, so that makes them a safe option.

Disadvantages

They are expensive. For a full sized 8′ x 24′ permanent goal expect to pay $1000.00 or more. They don’t move, you can often drag or roll them around the field, but if you want to move them to a completely different location, they will need to be uninstalled and reinstalled.

Why to Choose This Class

If you have plenty of space, available cash and don’t plan on moving in the next five or so years, do not buy anything else. These goals are the top of the heap, the best of the best. You can feel like Messi while you take shots at a pro style goal from 30 yards out. This is the goal style that everyone wants, but for the reasons described earlier, cannot have.

We Recommend

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

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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Best Soccer Goal of the Day June 28, 2010

Posted by Noel on Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Arjen Robben hits a stinging shot to stun Slovakia in what would eventually be a 2-1 win for the Netherlands in the World Cup round of 16.

Arjen Robben – Netherlands vs Slovakia (World Cup)

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