The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Portable Football Goals
In the ever-evolving world of football, the importance of adaptability and flexibility has never been more important. With changing training methods, limited spaces, and the need for versatility, portable football goals have emerged as an ideal solution.
Whether you're a coach looking to optimise practice sessions, a school aiming to accommodate various age groups, or a casual player wanting flexibility in your game setup, portable goals tick many boxes.
From the revolutionary designs by Samba to sturdy steel and aluminium frames, The Soccer Store boasts an array of options.
Let’s dive into the world of portable football goals together. To help you make an informed decision, we’ll take a look at the various types, the advantages they bring, and why they might just be the perfect fit for your footballing needs.
Pop-Up Goals: Easy to Move and Convenient
Pop-up goals, as the name suggests, are designed for quick setup, enabling players to initiate a game or training session in a matter of seconds. Their design is inspired by the need for simplicity, portability and spontaneous football matches.
Features and Benefits
Quick Setup: These goals can be unfurled and ready for action in mere seconds, making the likes of the PROGOAL 4ft Square Pop-Up Goals perfect for impromptu kickabouts.
Portability: Many pop-up goals come with a compact, easy-to-carry zip bag, allowing players to transport them effortlessly to any location.
Durability: Despite their lightweight nature, many of these goals, including the Bazooka Goal XL, are made from durable mesh materials that ensure they last through rigorous training sessions.
Uses and Applications
Training Drills: Their quick setup makes them ideal for various football training exercises.
Friendly Matches: Given their ease of assembly, they're perfect for casual matches in parks or backyards.
The Soccer Store offers these goals at competitive prices, making them accessible to a much wider audience than ever before. And the inclusion of accessories like a free carry bag adds to their appeal.
In essence, pop-up goals encapsulate the spirit of the beautiful game – spontaneous, fun and inclusive. They ensure that the game remains accessible, no matter where you are or how much prep time you have.
Samba Goals: Fun and Durable
Samba has firmly established its reputation as a pioneer in the field of portable football goals.
Samba's innovative "Fold-a-Goal" is a testament to the brand's commitment to functional design. This goal can be folded and is portable, making it suitable for both casual and league plays. But that’s not all; the locking system of the Samba 8ft x 6ft Football Goal ensures stability during the game — something that’s backed up by countless positive reviews and testimonials.
If you’re still not convinced, Samba football goals deliver five key benefits other options simply can’t match.
Stability: Samba football goals are designed to be stable, ensuring that they remain upright and in position during training sessions and matches.
Durability: They are extremely hard-wearing, allowing them to endure rigorous use during various training drills and matches.
Strength: Samba Goal Posts are described as "extremely strong," capable of withstanding forceful shots and challenging weather conditions.
Weatherproof: These football goals are made to resist weather-related damage. They can be left outdoors all year round without yellowing or deteriorating in quality.
Precise Locking System: The Samba 8 x 6 Football Goal, for example, boasts a precise locking system that adds strength to the frame, ensuring that it can withstand shots from players of all ages.
Easy Storage: Bags are available for the full Samba Goal range, so that they can be stored away after use if needed.
Samba's enduring success and innovation in the football goal sector reinforce its position as a trusted and sought-after brand among football enthusiasts. And thanks to The Soccer Store, there’s now a huge range of Samba goalposts available at low prices.
Steel and Aluminium Portable Football Goals
If you’re in this for the long haul, you’re going to need a set of football goals that comply with league rules and stand the test of time. If you want goalposts that will remain in situ for months or years, non-corrosive aluminium and steel options are the way to go. And fortunately, there are plenty of options at The Soccer Store.
But before you start shopping for steel and aluminium football goals, it’s worth bearing a few things in mind.
Material Durability: Steel and aluminium are inherently durable materials. They're resistant to rust, especially aluminium, and can withstand intense physical impact, making them perfect for high-intensity games and practices. If you want goalposts that won’t move and will comply with most league rules, there’s no other choice.
Portability: uPVC goals generally offer better portability than their metal counterparts. They are typically lighter and easier to move around, especially for short-term setups or for casual play in gardens and parks. Metal-based goalposts, however, are not portable. If you never need to move them, you’ll need help, a few tools and a reliable transport method.
Setup: Steel and aluminium goals, given their heavier nature, may require more effort during the initial setup. However, once erected, they offer unparalleled stability. On the other hand, uPVC goals can be set up more quickly and are often preferred for their ease of assembly, especially for temporary play areas.
Cost: Fully aluminium goalposts might be more expensive than steel, indicating a possible premium for the benefits that aluminium provides, such as resistance to corrosion.
Socketed Metal Goalposts
For a permanent solution that will deliver many years of stability and reliability, a socketed football goalpost is the perfect choice. Anchored to the ground, these types of goals rarely move and can withstand rigorous punishment and the very worst weather conditions. The MH 16ft x 7ft 76mm Steel Socketed Goal Package, for example, features durable steel, a powder-coated finish and all the parts and accessories needed to fix it firmly in place.
Freestanding Metal Goalposts
Perfect for indoor football, freestanding metal goalposts deliver the best of both worlds: portability (albeit limited) and durability. The MH 5-a-Side Freestanding Indoor Aluminium Folding Goal, for instance, offers an innovative net hook system, padding to protect floors, and welded corners for added durability.
If you want stability and the option of moving your goalposts quickly, opt for a self-weighted goalpost. The Soccer Store has plenty of options, including the MH 21ft x 7ft Aluminium Freestanding Self-Weighted Football Goal Package. Boasting two goals made with reinforced elliptical aluminium and a durable powder-coated finish, these premium products are held down by internal weights — so you don’t need to anchor them.
If you're buying freestanding metal goalposts for training or friendly kickabouts, look for options that come with wheels for easy transportation. The FT-330 MH 16ft x 6ft Aluminium Self-Weighted Wheeled Football Goals are great examples of this in-built functionality.
A Final Thought About Portable Football Goalposts
If you want portable football goals for training or kickabouts that can be assembled and packed away in seconds, Samba goals take some beating. But if you prefer durability or need to comply with league rules, the chances are you’ll need steel or aluminium goals. Either way, The Soccer Store has got you covered!