Soccer Goal Plans
Making a child's soccer goal out of PVC pipe is a great way to save some money and spend some quality time with your child.
A Quality Soccer Goal
I went looking to buy a soccer goal for my 4 year old, and was somewhat disappointed to find that anything that looked to be a quality product that would last for years was over $100. After a little bit of research, I decided to build my own, and have created this site to help you do the same.
How to Make a Soccer Goal
The first step is to decide if this project is something you want to do. Based on my experience, this project can be completed for between $45-55. The time investment is at least 2 to 6 hours, depending on the age of your child, how involved they are, and how fast you work.
If working with your child, don't rush things, the building part is as much part of the experience as playing with the net itself after construction.
Soccer Goal Parts
- PVC Pipe - $20
- Net - $19
- PVC Cement - $6
- Something better than rope to attach the net (Optional) $10
Order the Soccer Net First
I literally spent more time trying to find a soccer net (both locally and online) that in the actual construction of the goal.
Some other website on how to make a soccer goal suggest you use deer netting from your local hardware store. I tried that first and was very disappointed. Attached in a double layer with zip ties, there was no way it was going to last even a single season, if not the first week.
Save yourself my headache and order this soccer net a few days before construction. Shipped, it cost me less than $20, was here in a few days, and (as you can see in the photo) fit very nicely.
Get Everything Else
Run to your local hardware store or home center and pick up:
- Qty 4 - ten foot sections of 1 1/2" PVC pipe
- Qty 6 - 1 1/2" PVC Elbows
- Qty 4 - 1 1/2" PVC "T" Connections
- All Weather PVC Cement (Low VoC if possible.)
Cut The PVC
The four 10' sections of PVC need to be marked and cut. Mark with a marker (Sharpie) and cut with a hacksaw.
If you've never cut PVC with a hacksaw before, the cuts will probably go faster than you expect. My 4 year old son helped me cut most of the pieces.
Mark out the cuts to end up with the following sized pipes:
- Qty 2 - 5'
- Qty 2 - 4'
- Qty 2 - 3'
- Qty 6 - 20'
In my case, I ended up squaring off the cuts with a power miter saw, but I'd expect you'd be fine with relatively straight cuts.
Assemble The Goal
Start by assembling the whole thing, but don't glue anything yet. Make sure everything all fits together.
It's 4 feet tall, 3 feet deep, and the angle pieces are 5 foot.
Mark each join with a marker line across the join to mark the proper alignment and rotation of the pipe.
Glue It Up!
Keep young kids back a bit from this. PVC glue has very bad fumes. Disassembles as needed, and start gluing the joints, one at a time.
The PVC cement works real fast, and you hardly have time to work. You maybe have 20 seconds to work with the piece or less before the PVC fuses together.
It took me less than an hour to go from dry assembly to a glued up goal, but I was working fairly fast.
Hang the Soccer Net
There is more than one way to hang a net. The net I used came with a length of rope intended to be cut into short pieces and used to tie on the net. I used zip ties, which may not last...we'll see. In hindsight, I would have ordered a roll of velcro net fastener.
The first evening this was built, we had 9 kids in our back yard having a great time playing soccer. It was a hit, and looks like it will last a lot longer than most goals available retail for the same price. Good luck, and let me know in the comments how this project works out for you!