Soccer goals are a necessary equipment for a soccer game. There’s no soccer if there are no goals. What’s the point anyway?
There are different types of soccer goals out there and you should be careful before making your final decision so that you make sure you’re buying the correct type of goal.
There are popup soccer goals that are just for practice especially for youth players and not actual soccer games. There’s other goals that are made either for practice or for youth competitions like these soccer goals here. These goals can be easily set up in your backyard.
And today we’ll talk about another type. It’s the real soccer goals that come with the official sizes and that we see on soccer games on TV (or your phone or whatever you guys are using these days).
Below are, in my opinion, the four best portable full size soccer goals that you can buy in 2020.
How To Choose The Best Full Sized Soccer Goal
The parameters you need to consider before buying a soccer goal are the material, construction, size,
netting type, goal depth, and box frame.
The best way is to compare three or four products for quality, durability, strength, and endurance before taking a decision.
Age group of players is another important factor you have o consider. It is because of the goal size variation.
The material’s weight of the frame is another important factor you have to consider. Too much of light weight may cause structural damage, while too heavy material can be difficult to dismantle and carry. Choose the medium weight for easy portability and heavy duty performance.
What Material is Best For Soccer Goals Frame?
Frame material is the most important aspect you have to consider. It should be strong, durable and resistant to environmental elements. If you plan to play soccer within the indoor closed environment, you don’t need to worry about resistance factor.
If it is an outdoor playground, you have to consider resistance to rusting, wet ground conditions, heat and humidity, UV, and other extreme climatic conditions. You have choices between metal, plastic, high-quality fiber, and other compatible material.
Most commonly used material for scorer goal frame is aluminum. It has high tensile strength. It is flexible. It has high resilience value. It can withstand the impact of the soccer ball. It is resistant to vibrations created by the ball when it rebounds off the frame.
It has high resistance to corrosion, deformation, warping, and rusting. It is easy to assemble when needed and dismantle when not required. It is relatively light in weight. You can carry it wherever you go. It can be forged into foldable form for easy transportation.
On the negative side, it is susceptible to damages when players ram frequently. Overall quality of fabrication and forging methods play important roles in enhancing endurance and durability factors of aluminum.
Steel is stronger than aluminum and it has the higher resilience to stress and fatigue. It can withstand the weather elements better than aluminum. The process of galvanization can transform steel into an unbreakable fortress. It has higher impact resistance to a soccer ball and players ramming onto it. It has higher resistance to wearing, rusting, corrosion, and other unfavorable climatic conditions.
Also, it has higher structural stability. You can use it for outdoor sports grounds where the soil may tend to absorb moisture. It remains strong and durable due to the depth to which you can install the goal frame. You can also use it efficiently for your home garden or backyard playground without any hassles.
Exterior finishing of steel gives a professional appearance to the material. So, it is recommended for adult soccer players.
Fiberglass is the best material for indoor and home garden soccer goals.
It is highly light in weight and portable. The best material for youngsters and children practicing soccer. It is best suited for small size goals.
Best Material For Soccer Goal’s Net
The net material choice is between nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, or Teflon. Some of the modern-day nets are also made from the finely woven combination of any of these materials with fiberglass. The intention is to enhance the structural stability, ball impact endurance, and resistance to tear and wearing out.
Yarn ply, denier and density are the three parameters you have to consider while selecting the netting material. Weaving pattern could be twisted or braided. Twisted yarn increases the ply numbers and the denier. It also has the higher density. It can endure the highest force of soccer ball impact. But it may not be able to endure the impact of players ramming onto it for many years. Average life expectancy of twisted yarn may vary from 3 to 5 years, depending on the ground and environmental conditions and impact intensity.
The braided form of netting is most commonly used in professional sporting events. It has the best resistance to impact, pressure, heat and humidity, dust and dirt, and other climatic conditions. It lasts for years without risk of any type of structural damages. It could be relatively heavier in denier, yarn weight, and density. But it is really worth your investment.
Goal’s box material
Most of the amateur level soccer goals have no box structures. Box frame will be required if you want to train for the professional level of soccer at the club or college levels.
Prefabricated frames and nets allow you to vary the net dimension of height, width, and depth. Even those which need assembly have standard dimensions for these parameters. You have to refer to the product manual for exact dimensions and match them with the available space in your playground.
8feet X 24feet is the standard size for adults. For youngsters and children below age 13, the size could vary from 6.5feet x 21feet to 6feet X 9 feet.