How to Build A Kids Soccer Goal



The World Cup might be over, but that doesn't mean the soccer has to stop! This week's blog post shows how to build a kids soccer goal out of PVC materials (we got our inspiration from this article) . This project is a fun, simple build that you can do with your kids. Additionally, it can be used year-round! With a handful of materials, some elbow grease, and a free afternoon, you'll have your very own DIY PVC soccer goal in no time!

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Step 1: Cutting the Pipecut pipe goal

The first step in building a PVC soccer goal is cutting the pipe. Using a hand saw or PVC cutting tool, cut PVC pipe into 12 pieces: two 5' lengths, two 4' lengths, four 3' lengths, and four 1' lengths. If you use 5’ lengths, the first two pieces will require no cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Dry Fitting the Frame

The next step in building a PVC soccer goal is to do a dry (without primer & cement) build of the goal frame to ensure the pieces are the correct lengths.

Start with the bottom of the structure, attaching elbows to the 3’ sections on the sides. One elbow should point up, and the other should point towards the inside of the goal.

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Place a 1’ section into each of the horizontal elbows, and then attach a tee to each of those pieces. Connect the two tees with another 3’ piece. The bottom of the structure is now complete.

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Insert your 4’ pieces into the vertical-pointing elbows at the front of the goal. Add an elbow to the top of the 4’ sections.

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Put the 5’ PVC sections into the tees at the back of the goal. Place the other two tees at the end of these pieces. Connect these tees to the elbows at the end of the 4’ sections with a 1’ PVC piece. Finish the top bar by connecting the tees at the top with your final 3’ section.

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Finally, connect the top of the goal to the bottom with your two 5’ pipe pieces. If, during this process, you find that some of your pieces do not fit, you should still have enough left-over piping for a few more 1’ sections.

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Step 3: Applying PVC Primer and Cement

To make sure the soccer goal stays together, you will need to apply PVC cement at each joint. This will probably be the most time-consuming step, but it is necessary if you want the goal to stay together permanently.

Before taking the pieces apart to cement, it can help to mark joints with a line. This will make it easier to align pieces. PVC cement sets in a matter of seconds, so you will need to quickly make sure pieces are pointing the right direction.

cement markings guide

Joints should be cemented one-by-one, as the glue dries quickly. First, apply PVC cement about an inch deep on the end of the pipe.

Next, apply PVC cement to the inside of the fitting, also about an inch deep.

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Put the pipe and fitting together and twist them in place, making sure the fitting ends up pointing the right direction. Hold both pieces in place for 5-10 seconds before letting go. Repeat this process for each joint on the soccer goal.

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Step 4: Cutting and Attaching Deer Netting

Finally, unroll your deer netting and measure enough to cover the back and sides of the goal (about 12’). Use scissors to cut the netting, leaving a little extra for overhang. If your netting piece is too big, you can always cut away the extra when you’re finished.

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Attach the deer netting with zip ties. 20-30 zip ties are required to attach the netting to the goal frame. Cut off excess with scissors after zip ties are tightened.

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When attaching the net, start around the bottom of the goal, since that is the longest distance the net will need to cover. After that, pull the net taut from the top and use zip ties to secure it the rest of the way, collecting excess in corners.

Once your net is attached, you’re done building your PVC soccer goal! Happy playing!

finished goal



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