Step By Step Instructions - How To Build A Soccer Goal For Your Kids
The Soccer Goal
The instructions below will allow you to make a soccer goal for your children using PVC pipe, at a total cost of less than 50USD. The goal is designed to be durable enough to last for years, and suitable for children of all ages, even adults. It is portable, and can be used in your driveway, your back yard, or you can carry it to the park across the street. The finished product looks no different than what you would expect to purchase at a sporting goods store, and I can tell you by experience that this is one toy that the kids will absolutely love!
2 Crossbar 5' 2¼''
2 Back 4' 4½''
2 Post 3' 9½''
2 Side 2' 1½''
4 Joint 2¼''
4 Tee fittings
6 L fittings
The goal is made of 2” PVC pipe with pipe fittings.The fittings are slightly larger.The pipe fits into the fittings approximately 2''. All lengths for pipes assume these sizes.The PVC pipe is better if it is UV-resistant, but this thicker pipe stays reasonably strong. For added durability we recommend filling the back and sides with sand, in order to keep the goal firmly in one spot, and difficult to knock over. For the netting, you can substitute with fishing net if available, or you can purchase professional netting from a sporting goods retailer > http://www.epicsoccer.com
1: First assemble the pieces as shown in the diagram above, without applying cement. This will allow you to check that all your PVC pieces were cut to the correct length.
2: The next step will be to fill the bottom crossbar and the 2 sides with sand. We suggest pouring sand into plastic bags, then sealing the bag once the pipe is stuffed with sand. Once filled place the pipes back into position.
3: Next it will be time to apply the PVC cement, one piece at a time, slide the pipe out, and apply cement and then put it back into position. Repeat this process until each joint has been glued in place.
4: Next it is time to fix the netting to the frame, simply lay the net across the frame and attach with zip ties, cut away excess netting.
5: The last step is to suit up your kids with the latest soccer gear, and watch them have a blast playing outside in the yard.