Monday morning you find out you're having a kid, time to buy a kids soccer goal on Monday night like any normal parent right? Whether you need a couple of small goals for the team you're coaching or if you're training your child (aka future Messi) you are going to need a soccer goal you can rely on. Believe it or not there are more than a few things you need to consider if you're going to get the soccer goal that will accomplish exactly what you need. Start thinking about what the best brands are, what size you need, how many you need and your price restrictions to get the soccer goals that suit what you need.
You want to be looking for a kids soccer goal that checks all the boxes you're looking for and can easily be stored and moved, the last thing you want is this beautiful looking and working soccer goal that is an absolute hassle to move from your backyard. If you're like some parents and you want your kid to have a leg up on the competition and get their own reps in at home between practices and games then getting your own pair of goals in the backyard is essential, now all you have to do is choose which one.
1. One That Can Take A Hit - You want a net that can take a punch, not one that is going to topple over every time a kid scores a goal (and there will be plenty). You will be able to tell if the soccer goal can withstand some force not by kicking the ball in the net but how the structure reacts when the ball is hit against the post or crossbar. Try and get something with a bit of weight to it so it can withstand a shot but not too heavy where if it falls over it could hurt a kid.
2. Portability - One of the most important features of the next kids soccer goal you buy has to be its ability to be taken from location to location. Easy set up and take down is so underrated when it comes to selecting the right goal, you may only think it's going to sit in your backyard but you will want to take it on the road with you to friends house, family gatherings, the park and of course practice if you're coaching a team. Watch some videos online and see which ones come with a carrying case and are easy to set up and take down, it will save you time and nerves later.
3. Tie Down Options - You want to make sure to get a kids soccer goal that you can anchor down on grass, turf and any other surface you may be using it on. Typically this is done with straps tied to the back of the goal with sharp plastic pieces that can be pushed into the grass or weights that fit to weight the goal down if you're using it on turf.
4. Quality Netting (mesh) - Be sure to avoid that flimsy floss like thin mesh and go for something thick and well made. In the beginning it may be fine but after a few weeks the mesh will start ripping and continually coming off their hooks. Also no matter what kind of hooks are on the posts, buy your own set of twist ties and use them to strap in the mesh to the post a little tighter and more securely.
5. Brand Name - When it comes to anything to do with soccer that you will be using and relying on frequently you want to make sure it comes from a reliable name brand. Stick to the recognizable brands of the soccer world when choosing your next net and you can sleep at night knowing you've but a quality product.
1. Going Too Cheap - To be honest it is better to get nothing then a very cheap soccer goal that won't last the month. If you got too cheap (let's say under $30) you're just going to get frustrated and wish you waited to buy a more expensive and reliable net you love. Look to get something that is at least $50 or more so you know you are getting something that will last.
2. Not Portable - To be able to use your new kids soccer goal in your backyard, with your team, at a friends house or family gathering you are going to want it to be easy to take with you. Not buying a net that is portable that comes with a carrying case would be a huge error on your part so make sure it is easy to set up and take down.
3. Too Heavy - You want something that can hold itself down and not get carried away with a gust of wind but also nothing too heavy that if it were to tip over can really hurt someone. If you are going to get something heavy be sure to get weights for the back of it so it doesn't accidentally tip over and hurt someone.
4. Too Light - A kids soccer goal that is too light will move with every ball that hits it and will fall part in the rain, snow or wind so having a bit of weight to it is a good idea. Typically light goals aren't build to last so not only will the goal not withstand a shot or two it will also force you to go buy another goal which you should have just done in the first place.
5. No Warranty - All goals you buy should come with some sort of warrant whether its 30 or 60 days and don't settle for one that doesn't come with it. This will give you the chance and security to try it out at home for a little while so you can be certain it is the one you want, this should be a non-negotiable quality you look for in a kids soccer goal.
The name says it all, this is your typical 11v11 full size soccer goal that is used when you pass that 13 year old threshold. Whether fixed or portable it's always nice to have a full size goal that you can move around with during a training session. These are typically provided by the field you're training at or the club at which you coach at.
A mini kids goal whether permanent or portable is basically your standard size net for any age below playing 11v11. They come in various shapes and sizes and are used at every level for different exercises throughout a practice. The metal more sturdy ones are great to have around the pitch to move as you please while the portable ones are great if you're someone who moves from field to field a lot for training.
If you're ever on the go and constantly moving from field to field or from backyard to field then having a good set of portable goals is an absolute must. What you may give up in durability from a permanent goal you make up for in convenience, portability and user flexibility (literally!). Bownet makes great portable goals that are easy to set up, pack up and carry with you with its own carrying case with wheels on it. Having a nice set of these is any youth coach's dream.
Pugg goals are perfect for a team of any age to use during small sided possession, finishing or any other type of exercises you may be running on that day. Incredibly easy to carry, fold up (the twist takes a bit of work but you'll get it) and move around the pitch for any type of practice plan. They can also take a beating so fire away, to be safe you may want to throw a backpack or big pylon on the back of them in case of a windy day so they don't fall forward or blow away.
A two sided flat goal like this one is great to have at training for several different reasons. A goal like this is very easy to carry and move around the pitch should you need it as a target or a goal. You can also have two different exercises and keepers in goal on either size to maximize its use throughout a training session. Many fields don't come with extra 11v11 size goals off to the side you can easily role on so this flat goal solves that problem in case you need a full size goal at the half way line or even closer.
1. SKLZ Portable Soccer Goals
2. Bownet Goals
3. GoSports Foldable Goals
4. Runnzer Portable Goals
5. KWIK Portable goals
A kids soccer goal is typically made of one of three materials or a combination of all three, those materials are plastic, metal or carbon fibre. You will see some wood ones from time to time but those are usually of the bored Dad at home variety. When choosing your next kids soccer goal try and stay on the high end of prices if you can because going cheap will just have you back at the store the next week wishing you had gone a price point higher. Bownet and SKLZ are two of the higher end brands that I would recommend you look at first before going elsewhere because of their reliability and quality.
I would suggest going with a nice portable Bownet if you can choose from any goal on the market. Not only are they of high quality and easy to set up but they also come with a great carrying case that anyone can wheel over to the field. They don't take much trunk space and are really easy to set up and take down, can't go wrong with a tried and trusted Bownet. Do your best to stay above the $80 range for any small portable goal, obviously going higher then that will give you an even higher quality kids soccer goal but anything less then that price you run the risk of getting something that will fall apart in a matter of weeks.
If you're setting up a little training ground in your backyard then having two goals will be more than enough for your kid to get some shots in and train as much as his/her heart desires. If you want to go a bit over the top then having two pug goals (those half dome looking things) and a couple larger size metal or plastic goals will make your kid feel like they are in soccer heaven.
If you happened to be coaching a team and need some portable goals to bring to every training than having at least four pug goals (eight if money ain't a thang) and a couple foldable larger goals will be necessary. You want to be able to have enough goals so if you need to make two different grids with players in them you have the necessary goals, also if you're doing a small sided possession or finishing exercise that requires more goals you are going to need some reinforcements.