Make your very own soccer goal from PVC pipe for about half the price of a store-bought goal! Big Brother just started his second season of soccer and we are all enjoying practicing together in the evenings (although Little Brother just wants to ride on Daddy’s shoulders).
I was amazed how simple this project actually was! The hardest part was figuring out the net situation. We’ll offer two options: A commercial net you can purchase and attach as well as a “Hillbilly” version that is every bit as effective, but just looks a little cooky! :) Although there isn’t a huge difference in price, the hillbilly version is slightly less expensive! In total, we spent around $30-35 total on each of these goals. The final size is 5 x 4 x 3.
Here’s what you’ll need for the frame of the goal: 4 10-foot, 1-inch PVC Pipes. You’ll also need this net OR you can purchase some hex poultry netting at a home improvement store instead.
1. Cut your four 10-foot pieces of PVC into (2) 5-foot sections, (2) 4-foot sections, (2) 3-foot sections, and (6) 20-inch sections. You could even beg someone from the hardware/home improvement store to cut them for you if they aren’t busy.
2. Start assembling the goal. Use the T-Joints to join (3) 20-inch pieces for the top and repeat for the bottom. Add the 5-foot pieces to create the back frame.
3. Use an elbow joint on each end of the bottom of the back frame to add the 3-foot sections. Then add the 4-foot sections for the side posts.
4. Once the goal is assembled, you can then take it apart one piece at time and add the glue, if you choose. If you want to be able to disassemble the goal for any reason, you’ll want to skip this step. It is sturdy enough without the glue, but the glue just adds an extra layer of strength! :)
The purple primer goes first: Outside on the cut PVC pieces…
…and inside on the joints.
Now, you’re ready for the net!
OPTION #1: Purchase this net (for $17.50). It’s awesome…it has bungee cords all around it and fits over the goal.
You’ll use the Velcro straps (that come with it) to secure it on the goal. If you want some extra strength, you can use some extra zip ties around the goal as well.
OPTION #2: Plastic Hex Netting from the Home Improvement Store (in our case, Lowe’s). About $12 for a roll!
…and zip ties! But make sure you get the value pack. 40 Zip ties didn’t do the job for us. :)
You’ll wrap the first layer around the base of the goal.
It will look rather box-like. You’ll need to fold inward to rest against the rear poles and secure with more zip ties.
It looks a little quirky…
…but it definitely does the trick!
That’s it! So simple! Get ready for lots of outdoor family fun!