Whether you’re a football fanatic or want to create a cheap and easy football goal for the kids, making the perfect football net for use at home in the back garden couldn’t be easier.
In this post, we’ll look at how to make the perfect football net and cover the material you’ll need, tips on placement, securing your football goal and other useful pieces of football equipment for a fun and full-on home-training session.
So, if you’re ready to start improving your football skills with a homemade football goal, let’s kick off!
Football Goal Net Equipment
The first step for making a football goal is to source and gather all of the equipment you’ll need for the project. The size of your football goal and where it will be placed in your garden will have a bearing on what equipment you buy.
Our list of DIY football net essentials are:
- Football post material for the goal post frame
- Football netting for the goal net
- Ground pegs to keep the net tight
- Ball stop netting to stop the ball leaving your back garden
- Weights and attachments for the goal frame to keep it secure
Once you have all of this equipment ready to go, you’ll be ready to start assembling your backyard DIY football goal.
How To Make a Football Net
The first step for making the perfect football net is to measure the area where the goal will be positioned. If you’ve got the space, you may be able to fit a full-size football goal measuring (24’x8′). Usually, people use much smaller football goals at home, like 5-a-side football goals and youth goal sizes.
If you plan on having someone in goal during your football practice, you’ll also need to mark out an area for them, like a penalty area. You could even add a penalty spot and a 6-yard box.
Football Post Material
There are several different materials you could use for the football posts. The first option is to purchase pre-made metal goal posts. These will be more expensive, but they’ll come with all of the hardware you need and be ready to go in just minutes. You can also buy DIY wooden or aluminium goals that can be painted how you like – these can be a more cost-effective option.
The downside to these goals is that they may need some maintenance and could be damaged in bad weather conditions. If you choose wooden or aluminium posts, make sure you buy ones treated against the elements to prevent rust and discolouration.
Next up, you need to think about cutting your football netting to size and attaching it to the goal posts. You can buy football netting that comes with steel clips for your goal posts, but if you’re looking to save some money, then how about using traditional garden mesh for the nets?
To attach the goal netting to the football posts, you’ll need to use cable ties or string. Make sure that your net is fastened really tight and securely attached to the goal frame. Leave some sag in the net at the back so it can absorb your shots and not rebound them straight back.
Ground pegs are great for pegging the netting into the ground once it’s been fitted to the football goal frame. You can buy plastic ground pegs or metal pegs. The choice is up to you.
Metal pegs last longer, but plastic pegs are cheaper. You’ll probably need at least 20 pegs in total, so it’s worth doing your research to find the best product to fit your budget.
Ball Stop Netting
This is an optional extra for your football net but something I’d definitely recommend including. Ball stop netting should be placed at ground level up to above the goal and act as a catcher, preventing balls from rolling out under your football netting or sailing over the fence and out of your garden.
You can buy pre-made ball stop netting or use good quality garden mesh to achieve the same effect. Again, make sure that any football netting you buy is weatherproof and UV stabilised.
Weights & Attachments
Another part needed for making your football goal is weights and attachments that will keep it secure at all times. There are a few different ways you can attach weights and attachments:
- You could use sandbags which can easily be filled up and emptied as needed
- Alternatively, concrete blocks or breeze blocks can do the job nicely (just make sure they’re tied securely to the posts)
- Water barrels can also be attached for a more permanent solution. Just make sure you add weight before filling with water and give them enough time to settle.
Always remember to place weights as far out the way as possible to prevent people from falling onto them or diving onto them if they are playing in goal. You could even cover the weights with foam for added protection.
Additional Football Practice Accessories
If you’re looking to make the most of your football practise sessions, I’d also suggest buying some extras to aid your training. My top football practice accessories to try this season are as follows.
- Football rebounder: a great tool for practising shooting and ball control skills
- Power bag: perfect for working on your strength, power and stamina
- Agility ladder: helps improve your footwork and coordination
- Goal cover with holes: ideal for target practice and accuracy
- Cones: to use for practising dribbling around obstacles
As well as buying equipment like this online, it’s worth seeing what local sports shops have in stock too. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, then they might be able to order it in for you.
So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about how to make the perfect football net. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, I hope this guide has been helpful and given you some ideas on how to build a goal to improve your football skills.
Now that your football net is set up, it’s time to start practising!
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