How to Build a Soccer Goal
How to make your own backyard sports equipment, with easy instructions for parents and kids
Age Range: 5 and up
Whether you have a budding athlete in your household or you just want to get everyone to play as a family, having a soccer goal in the backyard is a win-win. The goal shown here has a basic design and is easy to build, so it can be assembled in an afternoon. And chances are good that you have the home field advantage, with the right tools already on hand and the materials easy to get at the home center. Because it's made from PVC pipes and deer netting, this goal is so lightweight and easy to move that you can set it up whenever you're ready to play. Just put it out to turn the backyard into a playing field, and you'll be ready to score!
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The goal shown here is a three-dimensional triangle made from PVC plumbing pipes wrapped in deer netting. And while the instructions are for a 4-by-5-foot goal, you can adapt the measurements to make your goal any size you want. The best part is that cutting and assembling the sections of pipe are so simple and safe, kids can help out at every step. They'll be amazed at how quickly they can cut through the plastic pipes, and they'll have a ball assembling the 22 different PVC pieces like a giant puzzle. Just be sure a parent supervises the gluing stage, as the short time you have to adjust the pipes before the glue sets means working quickly. Deer netting, a strong but supple mesh, is an inexpensive alternative to a rope net, and it attaches easily to the pipes with common zip ties.