How To Build A UEFA Soccer Goal
Learn how to build a UEFA soccer goal and you are sure to find a weekend backyard project that offers hours of subsequent fun. Since the UEFA is very exact with respect to its goal measurements and materials, it is a good idea to become familiar with the latest set of rules.
The weekend warrior ready to learn how to build a UEFA soccer goal needs to gather a few supplies:
- UEFA regulations on goal setup
- Rounded aluminum post material
- Measuring tape with metric markings
- Deer netting and ties
- White paint and paintbrush
- Pipe elbows and tees (optional: glue)
- Measure a distance of 7.32 meters on two segments of post material and mark them. This is the UEFA regulation distance between the individual goal posts. Mark these portions of the soccer goal material as "segment A-top" and "segment A-bottom."
- Measure a distance of 2.44 meters on two shorter segments of post material. Mark them and call these portions "segment B-left" and "segment B-right." These are the crossbars that reach from "segment A-top" to the ground.
- Cut the marked sections with a saw. Be sure to keep the markings visible.
- Connect segment "A-top" to "B-left" and "B-right" with pipe elbows. This forms the frontal framework of the soccer goal. The slightly more complicated portions in the instructions on how to build a UEFA soccer goal is the supporting structure. Since it is not governed by strict league rules, the weekend warrior has a bit of leeway with respect to measurements.
- Take apart the structure.
- Measure a half-meter section on the left side of segment "A-top." Repeat for the right side. Mark these segments as "A-top-left" and "A-top-right." Cut the material at these points. Also make these measurements and cuts for segment "A-bottom." Mark the lengths accordingly
- Measure and cut two goal beams at a length of approximately 1.5 meters. Mark them as "Support-1" and "Support-2." Cut another two lengths of material at about one meter each. Mark these as "Support-3" and "Support-4."
- Put together the upper goal with pipe elbows and tees. Connect "A-top-left" to a pipe elbow on its left and a tee fitting on its right. Connect "A-top" to the tee fitting and add another tee to its right. Connect "A-top-right" to the tee from "A-top" and an elbow on its right. (The "A-bottom" segments connect in the same way.) Connect "B-left" and "B-right" as done previously.
- Connect the support structure. Attach "Support-1" to the tee fitting between "A-top-left" and "A-top." Connect "Support-2" to the other tee fitting. On the bottom, connect them to the tees at "A-bottom-left" and "A-bottom-right" where these segments connect to "A-bottom." Connect "A-bottom-left" on the ground to an elbow fitting. Do the same for "A-bottom-right." Connect "Support-3" to the one side of one of these elbow fittings, while "Support-4" gets attached to the elbow fitting on the other side. Add elbows to both "3" and "4." These elbows connect them to "B-left" and "B-right" respectively, which completes the setup.
- Glue the sections and connectors. This is an optional step that the builder may omit if the goal needs to be put up and broken down for travel.
- Paint the goal frame. The officially sanctioned color is white.
- Add the deer netting. Secure it with ties to the frame. If the goal needs to be transported, these ties need to be cut and redone.
Learning how to build a UEFA soccer goal is not difficult. As long the builder takes great care to measure twice and cut once, it is possible to finish this project within a weekend day.