Soccer Goals come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and options, designed for everyone from the littlest athlete, practicing in his backyard with dad, to the most precise, professional World Cup team on the planet. Generally though, soccer goals are made of two materials, either plastic or metal (usually aluminum), which determine the goal's price, purpose, and performance.
Soccer goals are designed differently, for different ages, players, and leagues. Some goals are simple, while others are more complexly designed. It's important to understand the different styles of soccer goals, to know which one is right for your player, your league, and your budget.
Anyone can play soccer with any sized goal, on any size field. But if you're going to play in a sanctioned league, or want to practice with a goal sized just for you, there are specific size soccer goals that are appropriate for different age players. Leagues across the country, and the world, adhere to these player age / goal size rules, so it's important to know them when looking for a new soccer goal for your player, your club, or your league.
|Recommended Goal and Field Sizes|
|Age||Goal Size||Field Size||6 - 7||4' H x 6' W||15 yards W x 20 yards L||8||6.5' H x 12' W||30 yards W x 50 yards L||9||6.5' H x 18.5' W||35 yards W x 50 yards L||10 - 13||6.5' H x 18' W, 7'H x 21' W||Range from 45 x 55 to 70 x 80||13 - Adult||8' H x 24' W||Range from 50 x 100 to 80 x 120|
This depends entirely on what type of goal you need, your budget, and your playing space. Portable Soccer Goals are lighter weight, may be folded, and are fairly easily moved for storage. They are great for practice, training, and even games on public fields, where permanent goals cannot be installed. Portable goals are temporarily installed with simple anchors, which can be removed when the game is over. They come in all sizes, designs, and prices, from affordable and basic training rebounders for youth players, to more expensive, full size 8' x 24' tournament-style goals. Typically, portable goals are less expensive than their permanent-installation counterparts, due mostly to their lower weight.
Permanent, semi-permanent, or in-ground soccer goals?are among the heavier, and more expensive soccer goals on the market. They are also the most durable, dependable, stable, safe, and high-performing goals out there. That's because, with rugged aluminum frames, and in-ground anchors and footings, these goals hold up to plenty of use, and remain stable even during the most intense game play. Because of their expense, and the space required, permanent or in-ground installation soccer goals are great for soccer clubs, schools, professional teams, stadiums, and year-round soccer fields, with plenty of room and a dedicated or year-round soccer league or team.
Soccer goal installation is typically pretty simple and easy, even in the case of permanent, or semi-permanent soccer goals. Sometimes, as in the case of portable or wheeled soccer goals, installation is as simple as carrying or pushing the goal onto the field! But for all goals, you're going to need to either anchor, install, or weigh down the goal, to keep it stable and upright during the game. The installation needs to be done right, or your goal may fall over after a hard shot, and may run the risk of injuring players or bystanders. (Please Note: the following are general installation suggestions. Always follow installation instructions found on every soccer goal)
Once you've got all your Soccer Gear, you'll want to get better. To sharpen your game and develop soccer skills, it's important to get out and practice! That's why we stock some of the most versatile and diverse soccer training goals, rebounders, and targets in the game today. These training goals can be used at home in the backyard, or on the field with your team. It's all about finding the one that works for you, your skill level, your space, and your budget.
Soccer Rebounders:With the frame of a traditional soccer goal, but with a taught net designed to send the soccer ball back to you, soccer rebounders let players practice their shooting power, accuracy, placement, and speed. Soccer rebounders come in all shapes and sizes, and are affordable enough for for personal use or team practice. Great for players of all ages and skill levels!
Training Goals:Extremely lightweight and portable, training goals are quick to set up and can get just about anywhere. They let you practice your shots and skills in the park, the backyard, or even on the sidelines during a game! Incredibly versatile, and also affordable, training goals are?great for every player on the field.
Coerver Coaching Goals: A double sided soccer goal, with a single frame and net design, Coerver goals let coaches run multiple drills and train the entire team all at once! It also lets two goalies train at the same time. Designed for more advanced players and teams, Coerver goals are great for soccer clubs, schools, and advanced league training.
Pop Up Soccer Goals are some of the coolest, most versatile soccer goals on the market! Made of a lightweight, bendable, yet sturdy frame, with a nylon cover, they collapse down to a flat circle for easy storage and transportation, and when you're ready to play, they simply pop back into shape! Complete with a fine mesh net and anchor pegs for instant secure play, pop-up goals are easy to set up in the park or the backyard.
If your soccer net is old, torn, damaged, tangled, or out-dated, it's definitely time to replace it with a brand new soccer net! But which one do you go with, and how do you know it's the right one for your goal? After all, soccer nets all look the same! This can definitely make your decision a little tough, but when you know what to look for, you'll see how different soccer nets really are, and you'll find that getting the right one for you is fairly simple.
Once you've got the right goal for your needs, you may want to gear up those who will be protecting it. Sports Unlimited carries everything you need to keep a clean sheet. From Goalie Gloves to Keeper Apparel. Not sure what gloves you need? Check out our Goalie Gloves Buyers Guide.