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Soccer Nets – What is the right net for your situation?

Soccer Nets

Listen to the discussion about Soccer Nets with John Moyniham

Soccer Nets – What is the right net for your situation? (click on the link for more information)

We sell a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based their specific wants and needs. We recommend getting a net that is closest to your chosen goal size and remember, you get what you pay for. Expensive nets have a higher quality and will last longer

Net sizing (Click on the link for more information)

3 MM braid is your best type of net if you are taking the net up and down often.

3 MM braid

4 MM or 6 MM polypropylene net is best if you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems.

4 MM braid

6 MM braid

HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene) Nets – This material of netting, if in a high UV area, will wear better than polypropylene netting. It is also available with smaller mesh.

Small mesh netting – Smaller mesh netting lasts longer than larger mesh netting. It is harder for kids to climb on and require more holes before needing to be replaced. The only downside is they are more susceptible to wind and need to be anchored with weights or sandbags.

Excess netting – Many times there is excess netting at the bottom of the goal. We recommend rolling up the excess netting so it does not drag on the ground. If you have a wheeled goal, make sure to roll the netting up as well so it doesn’t get stuck in the wheel bracket. We recommend using plastic ties to secure the net.

 Vandalism – If you live in an area with high vandalism, we recommend getting the cheaper 3 MM braid because vandals can still cut or burn through more expensive netting.

Practice Goals – These goals are shot on more frequently than game goals, so we recommend getting higher quality netting so it will last longer.

Transcription of the Audio

John – We have a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based on their different needs. Basically, they come in different sizes, materials and colors. When deciding what net is best for you, it is best to pick the net based on your budget and your use. If you are taking the net and up down often, a 3 MM braid is your best type of net. We have 3 MM twist, 3 MM braid, 4 MM braid and 6 MM braid.


JohnIf you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems, a 4 MM or 6 MM polyethylene net is better than a 3 MM braid and will last longer. We also have high tenacity polypropylene nets, otherwise referred to as HTPP. These nets, if there in a high UV area, tend to wear better than a polyethylene net.  These nets are also available with smaller mesh. Some people prefer smaller mesh nets because it is harder for kids to climb on and it needs more holes in the net before they are replacing them. Smaller mesh nets will last longer than a larger mesh net. The one downside of smaller mesh net is that there is more wind load on the goals if it is a high windy area and the goals are unanchored or using sandbags to secure.


John – The best thing to do is pick the net size that is closest to the goal size that you have and if there is excess net then roll up the bottom of the net so it does not drag on the ground or if there are wheels on the goals, it cannot get caught in the wheels. Some people use plastic ties to secure the nets so they do not get in wheel brackets.


John –  One thing to remember is that you normally get what you pay for. The more expensive net you buy, the longer it will last. The one downside is if someone vandalizes the nets by cutting them or burning them which has happened in the past. The thickness and the mesh size does not matter if it is in a high vandalism area. It is best to go with a 3M braid net and just replace as needed.  Some people decide that a practice net could be a lighter weight net than a game net.  Often the practice nets are the nets that get used the most often and have the most shots taken on them. So again, if you want to replace the net less frequently, go with a higher priced net for a practice goal net as long as a goal can support that.

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Two wheeled soccer goals pushed together and locked together for safety at Murray Park in Murray

You’ve probably already heard  the bad news:  Movable soccer goals can be dangerous – they can injure and even kill people if improperly used.  The good news is there are many things you can do to make sure your movable soccer goals are safe.  See the checklist below for specifics soccer goal safety suggestions

The American Society For Testing and Materials, (ASTM), developed a standard for tip-resistant soccer goals.  It is titled ASTM F2673 – 08 Standard Safety Specification for Special Tip-Resistant Movable Soccer Goals.  You can read a summary of this standard or purchase it in its entirety on the ASTM website.

As ASTM F2673  indicates the first step towards movable soccer goal safety is to start with a safer goal.  This does not mean that goals labeled tip-resistant are tip-proof.  Any movable goal can tip in the right conditions unless it is properly anchored.  See some of Keeper Goals soccer goals meeting the criteria of ASTM F2673

In accordance with ASTM F2673 we urge the purchaser of ANY movable soccer goal to make certain all movable soccer goals are anchored and secured at all times. Additional weights, stakes and anchors are always available that can help you help make your goals even safer for the users. We encourage the use of these items for your soccer goals at all times.

Duckbill underground anchor on a wheeled soccer goal.

Underground duckbill anchor – an excellent way to secure a movable soccer goal.

A few points to be aware of regarding ASTM F2673:

  • ASTM F2673 sets standards for soccer goals that are tip-resistant, not tip-proof.  (All movable goals should always be anchored or secured regardless of whether or not they meet the ASTM Standards For Tip Resistant Soccer Goals.)
  • Tests to pass ASTM 2673 simulate 2 110 lb. children hanging and swinging from the crossbar.
  • ASTM 2673 only applies to soccer goals 6.5 x 18’ and larger.) However, any size movable soccer goal can tip under the right conditions, (high winds, uneven ground, enough force/weight applied to the goal.)
  • Smaller goals that are exempt from ASTM 2673 are often heavy enough to cause serious injury or death if over-turned.

Education and awareness are also critically important to enhanced soccer goal safety. You can help by educating the users of movable soccer goals, (players, parents, maintenance staff, coaches, ect.) You can find more information by visiting our website’s safety page. Soccer goal safety information is also available upon request. Please feel free contact us with any questions at info@keepergoals.com or 800-594-5126;

Soccer Goal Safety Checklist:

  • Movable goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times.
  • Wheeled goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times and additionally the wheels must be locked and the vertical slide must be in a down position at all times, (other than when the goals are actually being moved.)
  • Do not set-up, use or store any goal on a slope or hill.
  • Check that all fastenings are tightened securely.
  • Consistently check to ensure that no one has tampered with fasteners.
  • Regularly inspect the structural integrity of the goal.
  • Check for broken welds or parts. Do not use a goal with broken parts.
  • NEVER climb on, or hang from, the framework of a goal. This message should be repeatedly told to kids, coaches and parents.
  • Regularly check to insure warning labels are visible on all movable soccer goals.
  • Goals should only be moved by trained adults. Have adequate manpower when moving goals. Use caution when moving goals.
  • Goals should be re-anchored after each move.
  • Remove nets when goals are not in use.
  • Never leave children unsupervised with soccer nets.
  • Make sure goals are secured by locking them together, or anchoring them to the ground, before leaving the field.
  • Make sure the goals you buy meet the standards set by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission and the American Society For Testing and Materials.