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About John Moynihan

John Moynihan is president and CEO of Keeper Goals. Keeper Goals manufactures and distributes athletic facility equipment.

The best type of soccer nets for use in 5 common situations:

Choosing the right type of soccer net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.), can help you make the best use of your equipment budget. Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.

Black http 2" soccer net on small folding soccer goal

1.) You need a net for small soccer goals:

Best choice is a net with a smaller mesh size, (1 ¾” or 2” mesh is optimal.) Why?

  • The smaller the mesh size the less likely kids will climb on them.
  • On a small goal the ball hits the same spot of the net more often than a net on a larger goal.
  • The smaller mesh size means the net will be able to take more hits in the same spot before it tears.
  • A net with a smaller mesh size will allow for more tears in net before the net has to be replaced.
  • Safety is a factor as there have been several instances of kids getting stuck in a net with a large mesh size, greater than 5 inches, and being injured or killed.

2.) You need soccer nets for a hot climate with a lot of sun exposure:

Choose a net made from HTTP, (high tenacity polypropelene). Why?

  • HTTP is treated for sun protection all the way through the net.
  • Many other types of nets, (many nylons and PE’s are simply coated with a sun protectent which is not as effective against the suns rays as when the entire fiber is sun protected.
soccer nets in a group

3.) You have to take your soccer nets down after each use:

  • You may want to opt for net made from a smaller material thickness, (ie. A 3 mm net vs. a 6 mm net). Why?
  • The smaller the material thickness the lighter the net. True the net might not last quite as long, but the wear and tear on the people carrying them around may win out here. It is best as they are quite a bit lighter. For many this trumps the strength found in a thicker net.
3 mm twist soccer net on movable soccer goal. Soccer net is yellow.

4.) You need nets you can leave up:

In spite of promises from the grounds crew to be careful they can’t seem to avoid mowing the net when they mow the grass. Solutions:

  • Buy a less expensive net.
  • If you have a stadium style or box style net use a net storage bar which will lift the net off the ground. Learn more >

5.) You need nets for a field in a high wind area.

The best choice for soccer nets in an area where there are often strong winds is a larger mesh net, 4” or greater. Why?

  • Less wind resistence. Safer. Small mesh nets can act like a sail with wind and put undo stress on soccer goals that are staked down or have wheels.

5 Factors To Consider When Buying Team Shelters:

If you’ve started looking at team shelters for your soccer stadium you probably quickly learned they aren’t cheap. You want to make sure you get good value for your money. You want the shelters you choose not only look great, but also best meet the needs of your situation and will last for many years. Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.

Download complete Team Shelter Buyer’s Guide from Keeper Goals >

European style team shelters for use in a stadium where there is not a lot of space between the stands and the field.

1.) Are there any size restrictions for your team shelters?

Take a close look at the exact location your shelters will be placed. Is there a fence that will determine how far back the shelters can go? Will there be seating directly behind the team shelters which would limit the height you’d like the shelters to be? How wide can the shelters be? Are there other site lines you need to be aware of?

Black team shelter with aluminum bench inside the shelter

2.) Do you already have benches you want to continue to use?

If you have athletic team benches you may want to continue to use them and essentially place them inside your new shelters. This could save you money. Ask the manufacturer of the shelters you are looking at if this is an option. Be ready to provide the manufacturer with the length, depth and width of your benches so you can get accurate information.

Rain Cloud

3.) What type of weather will your shelters will be used in?

Do you play soccer, field hockey, football or lacrosse in wind, rain, sleet, snow, and wind? If yes, then you want to make sure the team shelters you purchase are built to protect your players from these factors as well as the sun. Imagine yourself standing or sitting inside the shelter with rain coming down, and blowing at you from above, behind and to the side of you. Are you protected in all these instances? (We haven’t seen any shelters that will protect you when rain or snow if blowing directly into your face. Please let us know if you find one that does this.

Team shelter with wheels

4.) Will the team shelters be permanent or will they be moved occasionally?

If they will be moved, what type of surface will they be moved across and where will they be stored when not in use?
You’ll want to make sure the shelters are equipped with the proper type of wheels to move them across the type of surface you have. You’ll also want to make sure they can be moved into your storage space, (ie. will the wheels allow you to move the shelter forward, backward, sideways, at angles, ect.?

Cloud with wind blowing

5.) Do you have any wind load requirements your team shelters should be designed to be able to handle?

We have found shelters used in some areas of the United States and Canada require stronger frames and anchoring systems if they will be in high wind areas.

Read our Team Shelter Buyers Guide now >

Learn more about Keeper Goals Team Shelters >

Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.

Buying soccer nets? Some helpful information…

Choosing the right type of soccer net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.), can help you make the best use of your equipment budget. Read on to learn about the most common types of material used for soccer nets in the USA. Keeper Goals carries soccer nets in all these types of material.


3 Most Common Types of Soccer Net Materials

How long will a soccer net last?

5 Helpful Facts For Soccer Net Buyers

3 Most Common Types of Soccer Net Materials:

HTTP socce net

HTTP or HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene)

This type of material is used to produce items that require higher strength, such as safety nets or cargo nets. HTPP nets have a longer life when exposed to sun than PE or Nylon.

4 mm braid blue polyethylene soccer net PE

PE(Polyethylene) Monofilament, (a thick and stiff yarn)

PE is normally made with a twisted-knot; or, for added strength, a braided knot. It is the most common type of soccer net made. Most PE soccer nets are imported. It is important to realize that not all nets are made equally. Do not assume a 3mm-twist from one company has the same strength as a 3mm-twist as another.



The most common net produced in the United States. Nylon is available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and styles. Because it is readily available, it is easy to use for a custom-made net.

How long should a soccer net last?

So, you want to buy a soccer net and you’d like to know how long it will last? Unfortunately it is impossible to accurately predict how long a soccer net will last – so many variables come into play. Netting-wear depends on the thickness of the net, the size of the mesh, the type of material used to make the net, the weather conditions, (rain, snow and sun exposure), the amount of use, and the intensity of the use.

The good news is you can choosing the right type of net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.) that will help you maximize your budget. The following 5 helpful facts give you a little more information that can help you make an informed decision.

5 Helpful Facts For Soccer Net Buyers:

  1. HTPP net material is stronger than the same thickness of nylon or PE net material and it weathers better.
  2. A braided net is always stronger than a twisted net.
  3. Knotless netting is stronger than knotted netting.
  4. The smaller the mesh size, (the holes in the net), the longer the net will last under same playing conditions.
  5. It is less expensive to purchase an oversized net than to have one specially made to custom size.

Contact us for help deciding which soccer nets are best for your situation.

Call 800-594-5126 M-F 8 am – 5 pm CST or email us.