A few years ago I had quite a few soccer players in one of my middle school Health and Physical Education classes that were pretty good athletes. Being an American football and basketball guy, and having never played nor really even watched soccer before, I did not relate very well to their athletic goals and interest. I encouraged the kids, who would soon be high school freshman, to try their hand at football for the upcoming year because I believed their athleticism would benefit the freshman team. They appreciated the encouragement but I could tell their interests were not growing in the least bit. I searched for a way to bridge the interest gap between the two sports and the solution that I came up with was buying a field goal post for the kids to hone their kicking skills on.
Not long into my search I came across this pretty cool soccer goal/field goal post combo sold by Net World Sports but since the acquisition of an upright was coming out of my own pocket I decided to keep searching for a solution. As it turned out the soccer/field goal post combo ended up being the most affordable of the practical field goal posts that I found for sale so I then shifted into DIY mode. Not long into my internet search I discovered a few videos that demonstrated how to make a goal post from 3″ pvc pipe and tee fittings, so off to the hardware store I went.
I no longer work at the same school that I built the field goal post at and I left the post there when I transferred to a different school so for cost sake I have recreated the build in the pictures and video below using smaller pipe and fittings.
Pictured below is a 1/10 scale replica of the original goal post build. The build in the post uses 1/2″ ID pvc pipe with 1/2″ tee fittings. (“=inch and ID=Inside diameter) The 1/2″ pipe is cut into 12″ and 6″ sections which is 1/10 the length of the 120″(10ft) and 60″(5ft) 3” pvc pipe sections.
The materials and tools list is as follows:
PVC PRIMER/GLUE (optional)
6 – 10ft long 3″ runs of PVC pipe ($11 per pipe)
4 – 3″ PVC tee fittings ($4.50 per fitting)
Before the assembly begins you will need to take 3 of the 10′ long pieces of pipe and cut them in half (5ft or 60in). This will leave you with 3-10ft runs of pipe and 6-5ft runs of pipe.
Though the pipe size and length in the video and pictures below differ from that of the actual size and length of the pipe in the build, the assembly process is the exact same.
If desired the field goal post could be cemented together where all pipes and fittings join to make to post stronger. When I built my full sized field goal I did use pvc cement, but I did not bond every single joint. I cemented the post in a way that made it pretty portable without losing much strength. Below is a picture of the sections that I joined together with pvc cement and those that I left independent of the others.
So after I introduced the field goal post to my classes and my students fell in love with kicking footballs through our new uprights guess how many of my soccer players ended up joining the football team. None…….. Not a single kid that played soccer ended up playing high school football. No sweat because all of the kids (and a few coaches and teachers) that used the field goal had a great time and learned a good bit on the art of field goal kicking. We had numerous contests and challenges that involved this piece of equipment that were all lots of fun. I would use the goal post as a “reward” activity for my lower elementary students by allowing them to kick a large inflatable ball through it and it was a great incentive for them to maintain good grades and behavior. I will have to build another soon.
Below are a few links to tools that will make the build a little easier as well as a few pieces of equipment that will allow the goal post to be used even if no one is available to hold a football. There is also a link to the soccer goal/field goal post combo mentioned above for those of us that are not very DIY-inclined.
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