How to Make an Inexpensive Regulation Soccer Goal
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The great thing about soccer is that all it really requires to play is a few people, a ball and an open grassy area. While this kind of pickup game is fun to play, the closer you can get to a regulation game, the more fun it becomes. One of the hardest things to get right in this sort of game is the 8 foot by 24 foot regulation soccer goal. To purchase one, you will have to shell out several thousand dollars. Luckily, there is a much cheaper option which can be made out of PVC pipe in a few hours time.
Place an "L" bracket on one end of an 8 foot long piece of PVC pipe. Place a 6 foot piece into the other end of the "L" bracket. This is one side of the goal with the 8 foot piece being the vertical portion and the 6 foot portion as the part which rests on the ground.
Place an "L" bracket on the end of the 6 foot side so its open end is facing away from the goal side you just built. Place a piece of 8 foot PVC in the open "L" bracket. Place a "T" bracket on the end of this 8 foot piece so that the "bottom" portion of the "T" is vertical, pointing up.
Place an "L" bracket in the same direction as the one you placed on the 6 foot piece of PVC in Step 2 on the open end of the 8 foot piece on the goal side. Place an 8 foot piece of PVC pipe in the end of this "L" bracket. You should now have 2 parallel pieces of 8 foot pipe coming out of the side of the goal, one on the ground from the 6 foot pipe and one coming from the top of the 8 foot pipe. Place a "T" bracket at the end of this pipe so that the "bottom" of the "T" bracket is pointing down.
Connect the two "bottoms" of the "T" brackets by placing a 10 foot piece of PVC pipe in the two "bottom" portions. Place another 8 foot piece in the open ends of both the top and the bottom "T" brackets.
Place the other two "T" brackets on the ends of the 8 foot pipes you just placed in the same manner as the ones in Step 2 and 3. Connect them using the 10 foot pipe in the same manner as you did in Step 4. Place two more 8 foot pipes in the open ends of the "T" brackets.
Build another goal side piece by attaching the remaining 6 foot piece of PVC pipe to the remaining 8 foot PVC pipe with an "L" racket as you did in Step 1. Place "L" brackets on the open end of the two pipes and connect them to the 8 foot poles you placed in Step 5. You should now have a goal frame which is 8 feet high and 24 feet long.
Cover the back of the frame with the deer netting by unspooling it from the top cross bar to the bottom of the frame in sections. Use zip ties to connect it to the frame.
If you will not be disassembling this, you may want to add a layer of glue to the pipes before you put the frame together.
Based in California, Daniel Zisko has been a writer since 2008, penning articles for a variety of online publications. Before he started a writing career, he spent several years traveling and working as a hotel manager for several different hotel properties. Zisko holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from National University with a minor in biology.