Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Right Soccer Goal
Whether you're new to purchasing soccer goals or a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to go through a quick refresher to make sure you've got all key points top-of-mind to guarantee you've made the right purchase. Here are 7 key areas to consider when shopping for your next soccer goal.
As of September 2016, USSF / U.S. Soccer has revised the recommended "max goal size" by player division:
- Sharp vs Round Edges: Soccer goals with round top and side bars offers greater safety compared to sharp-edged goals.
- Ground Anchor Compatibility: Make sure the goals you're interested in is compatible with some form of ground anchor, or anchor bags, to prevent goal tip-over. Goals with a back-bottom bar adds more weight to the back of the goal further reducing the risk of tip-over.
- Aluminum Soccer Goals, typically more expensive than other options, offer the greatest value in terms of quality and durability. Relatively lightweight without having to sacrifice strength or rigidity, aluminum goals are rust-proof and generally outlast the life of steel or plastic goals, and can withstand rugged daily use.
- Steel Soccer Goals are usually less expensive and heavier than aluminum goals, yet more susceptible to rust and deterioration. With the growing popularity and value of aluminum soccer goals, demand and production for steel-based goals has dropped and is used more commonly these days for smaller sized soccer rebounders to help prevent tip-over.
- Fiberglass Soccer Goals, lightweight yet sturdy, are associated more commonly with pop-up soccer goals, and can endure light to moderate play.
- Plastic Soccer Goals offer the least amount of long-term value and lifespan as they are vulnerable to breaks, cracks, and sun-based warping.
Outdoor vs Indoor
Determine whether your soccer goal will be used for indoor or outdoor play, or possibly even both. Most outdoor soccer goals are manufactured to withstand harsh ambient elements, including wind, rain, heat, and UV degradation. Indoor goals are designed to accommodate more delicate surfaces, including turf or hardwood. Some goals (like the Agora Futsal Soccer Goal) are specifically designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
Semi-Permanent vs Portable
- Portable Soccer Goals are the way to go if you're looking for quick and easy, no-tools-required setup for on-the-go tournaments, training camps, or practices. Portable / collapsible soccer goals are light weight and compact enough to fit in most vehicles.
- Semi-Permanent Soccer Goals, which can be made permanent with the proper soccer goal ground anchors, are recommended for those with dedicated soccer fields and/or need heavy-duty construction for rugged use. Semi-permanent goals typically require two or more people. tools, and hardware to assemble.
Net Attachment System
Selecting the proper soccer goal net attachment system can save you time and money down the road.
- Clip-Less Net Systems, like the Euro-Netlocking feature in the Agora Euro Pro Goal, easily allows a net to latch onto an inline set of hook-shaped grooves built into the goal's frame, avoiding the need for net clips or ties. For speed and long-term savings, this is the way to go.
- Net-Clip Systems pin down the net into the goal's channel system using net clips, as designed in the Agora Channel Pro and Premier Pro Soccer Goal.
- Net Ties & Straps typically requires more time than the options above. This system is more prevalent in portable soccer goals, such as the Agora Semi-Pro Goal.
Complete Goal Kits
Interested in an all-inclusive soccer goal kit to not only save money but also avoid the hassle of having to shop for each goal accessory? A Soccer Goal Kit is your answer. A complete kit should include everything you need to start using your new goal the day it arrives. Based on the type of goal you purchase, your kit should include all or a combination of the following: goal frame, anchors, back-bottom bar (based on goal type), net, and net clips or net ties (based on net attachment system).
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