PVC Soccer Goals

A small group of my co-workers have been playing a semi-regular game of pickup soccer for close to two years.  With the excitement of the World Cup festering in our cubicle-encased minds, we decided to make some goals sized right for our 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 games.  Thus were born the plans for our PVC soccer goals, which were far easier to move back and forth than full size goals, and didn't make us "waste" players by needing someone in goal.  All told, these goals cost roughly $50 each to put togther.  That's a bit cheaper than the $70 per goal we were finding commercially available.  We settled on 1 1/2" PVC, and I believe these are a bit sturdier than the store-bought goals, and they do provide some flexibility for size should our little game ever expand.  Step 7 also shows an even cheaper alternative.  Now on to the building! 
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Tools you will need:
* handsaw
* PVC glue
* drill w/ bit slightly larger than wire
* pliers and/or wire cutters
* roll of white duck tape
* tape measure
* Sharpie
* Nylon cord (if you plan to make your own net)

For each goal you want to make (we constructed two), you will need at least:
* (x6) rounded PVC corners
* (x4) T-style PVC connectors
*  1 1/2" PVC pipe (amount depends on size, roughly 50' for 5'x8' design)
*  14 gauge (approximate) galvanized steel wire

Alternate 5' x 10' goal design checklist:
* (x4) 3-way 90 degree PVC connectors
* (x4) internal 45o elbows
* (x2) 90 degree joints
* 1/2" PVC pipe (amount depends on size, roughly 60' for 5'x10' design shown)

As for the PVC size- I suppose it's worth mentioning that you must have connectors that match the size of the PVC you've chosen.  The original goals (not of my design) used 1 1/2" PVC, however I believe 1 1/4" is nearly as strong, as well as being slightly lighter weight and about $1.00 cheaper per 10' pipe.  The smaller you go in size, the cheaper it will be, but that starts to trade off with how rigid the goals will play.  It's also worth noting you may need to order connectors online, depending on what you find at the local hardware stores.
NachoMahma3 years ago
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