How to Make a DIY Soccer Goal for Kids

DIY Soccer Goal

DIY Soccer Goal

Make your very own soccer goal from PVC pipe for about half the price of a store-bought soccer 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 (select the 6 x 4 x 3 size) you can purchase 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 of the DIY soccer goal is 5 x 4 x 3.

diy soccer goal

How To Make A Soccer Goal

Supplies for Your Soccer Goal: 

-4 10-foot, 1-inch PVC Pipes

-PVC Primer and Glue.

A 6 x 4 x 3 soccer net OR you can purchase some hex poultry netting at a home improvement store instead.

DIY Soccer Goal Step by Step Instructions:

how to make a soccer goal


diy soccer goal

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 ask someone from the hardware/home improvement store to cut them for you if they aren’t busy (which is what my husband did when he had to replace a goal after a large limb fell in a storm and destroyed the original).


how to make a soccer goal

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.


how to make a soccer goal

 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.


diy soccer goal


diy soccer goal

4. Once the goal is assembled, take it apart one piece at time and add the glue.


how to make a soccer goal

 The purple primer goes first:  Outside on the cut PVC pieces…


 …and inside on the joints.


 Now, you’re ready for the net!

Two Options For The Soccer Goal Net:

OPTION #1:  Purchase this net (the 6 x 4 x 3 size). 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.

diy soccer goal

It looks a little quirky…

…but it definitely does the trick!

That’s it! So simple! Get ready for lots of outdoor family fun!

This post was first published September 2012. Updated 2018.

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  1. I ordered the net, and hope to complete the goal this weekend.

    I wanted to mention that the purple primer isn’t really necessary on this sort of application, and unless you just have some on hand, no need to buy some.

      1. The primers are to meet building codes. Unless you are going to also use this goal to route your lawn sprinkler water, it’s not necessary.

        We have used this goal for 2 seasons now; on our 2nd net from Amazon. The net works great, but if you leave it out in the sun, it’s done after a year.

        We also spray painted the PVC bright orange, which turned out great.

        1. Thanks for sharing your experience (and the info about the primer as well)! :) So glad to know it is holding up well for you too!

          1. You can try it without the glue! A friend said theirs had a hard time holding up to the shots on goal without the glue…but let us know if it works for you!

    1. I just want to say thank you foe posting this, my son and I are excited to build this in the near future, couple of soccer tournaments b4 we get to building.

      God Bless you and the family

  2. I found these instructions very easy to follow and I want to say thank you for posting this! My son loves it.

  3. I need a larger size goal, would this work if I just doubled the length of the PVC pipes? I would need large net too.

    1. Nellie.. I think your question you can answer yourself.. If the goal is larger…the net that covers it should not be larger to?.. If you make the goal full 12ft..Use the larger diameter black PVC. it will not sag at the middle. Use it as well for the upright 6ft. posts . You can use the wimpy 3/4 for the back and at the floor. Fill all with sand. Enjoy… Messi Rules

  4. Good for people to like soccer..(football). I played practice games in adult training games with a similar arrangement ..BUT, we used the black 2″ PVC because if not a hit and the 3/4 one is toast. To make either one more sturdy I would advice filling the pipes with sand . It makes them more resistant to hits and heavier so it will not go flying if the ball goes fast.

  5. Just built one of these goals for my son. Thanks so much for putting this on here. I’m gonna build him another one soon! Thanks, again!


  6. The link for the net no longer works. What was the brand/seller from Amazon? Do you maybe have a new link I could follow?

  7. We just finished making our goal and are very excited about it. We ordered a net and it arrived today. The problem is that we’re having trouble with the goal coming apart, even though we used primer and glue. Any helpful hints?

  8. Just want to say thank you. I made this for my 10 year old grandson, he is ecstatic and is already putting it to good use.
    Also, I had some netting I use in my garden, doubled it over, and it works like a charm.
    Thank you again.
    Ft. Myers, FL

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