Build My Own Soccer Net
By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn about building your own soccer net. Soccer is a great game, but it can be a bit on the expensive side. Save some cash by building the net yourself.
To build a soccer net, you will need:
- Eight foot metal posts
- vented pallet wrap
- Cable ties
- Tent stakes
- Purchase the appropriately sized metal posts to begin making the soccer goal. Ideally, these posts should be around eight feet tall, and should be placed 24 feet apart from each other. Use a large shovel to dig a hole for the posts, and sink them securely into the ground. Posts such as these can typically be found at most lumber or home improvement stores.
- Tie one end of the rope to the top corner of the goal. Feed out 9.45 feet of rope to reach the ground five feet behind the post, perpendicular to the cross bar between the posts. This measurement meets 'regulation' length. Drive a stake into the ground here. Run the rope parallel to the cross bar and stake it off five feet behind the other post. Run the rope up to the other post to tie it off at the top corner before cutting the rope.
- Tie a separate rope to the first, behind the knot. Run the new rope along the post and down to the ground. Stake the rope down immediately behind the goal post. Run it back to the place where the first rope is staked, five feet behind the post, and tie the rope to the original rope. Use a secure knot. Do the same thing on the other side of the net. Run a section of rope along the cross bar at the top.
- Attach one end of the vented plastic pallet wrap to the rope that is parallel to the post by using four inch inch plastic zip ties. Wrap the zip ties at each location and insert the flat end into the hole at the other end so that the zipping sound is heard when it is pulled tight. Zip tie the net at every other loop.
- Unroll the plastic pallet wrap across the ropes that outline the net. Cut the wrap to match the angles of the rope and zip tie it firmly to the rope. Do the same on the other side of the net. Repeat the process above the first locations, zip tying the second layer of warp to the first where the two layers are allowed to overlap by one inch. Repeat the process with the third layer to reach the top. Make sure that this is done on both sides. Make sure to secure the bottom edge of the wrap to the rope on the ground.
- Repeat the process of zip tying the layers to the rope and each other across the back of the goal. At the top and bottom margins, make sure to zip tie the rope securely to the rope.
- Wrap a rope around the original ropes. Make sure to go through the plastic wrap to add more strength and stiffness to the edges. This also helps to reinforce the edges and reduces the possibility of gaps.
- Use more stakes as needed to keep the net on the ground. Using a stake every five feet should do the trick.