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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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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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Could Robot Soccer Players Beat the World’s Best?

Posted by Noel on Friday, 24 September, 2010

According to Claude Sammut, Robots compete to be the besta computer science professor in Australia, robot soccer players will one day (he thinks by 2050) defeat the best soccer players in the world. As an example of the possibility, he referenced a bet that John McCarthy and Donald Michie made a with then Scottish chess champion, David Levy that a computer could one day beat the best human player in the world at chess. Which did eventually happen.

With that in mind, Sammut is involved in a project called robocup, where robots have been programmed to learn how to play soccer. Here is what he had to say in regards to a team of robots one day defeating the world’s best humans:

“RoboCup aims, by the year 2050, to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team.

“To achieve this, or come even close, the robots will have to be able to sense and act in completely unstructured environments. This will require major advances in perception, decision making, learning, and co-operative behaviours.

“Not forgetting that robots are integrated hardware and software systems, significant advances will also be needed in sensors, actuators, energy storage, and materials.”

Well, there you have it. But is 40 years enough time? The bet referenced above stated that the computer would beat the chess player within 10 years, but it took closer to thirty. This is obviously a much tougher task, as it involves a moving robot that not only needs to be able to trap, pass and shoot a ball, it would have to adjust to and compete with 21 other moving players. But science is moving quickly and only time will tell.

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