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Soccer nets now come in a variety of sizes and colors made from a wide range of materials. Check our blog for information to help you purchase soccer nets that will meet your organizations needs and budget.

How to Buy Custom Soccer Nets

Summary of the Video

What are the most common requests for custom soccer goal nets?

Custom Sizes

  • height, width, top depths and back depths
  • custom mesh sizes

Other requests

  • Logo Nets
  • Striped Nets
  • Checkered Nets

Logo Nets

  • We can print letters on the back of a small custom mesh net
  • NCAA just approved logos on soccer nets
  • We can print them on the windscreen that we sew on to the net

What factors influence cost of custom soccer goal nets?

Size of the Net/Mesh

  • There is a square footage cost for material
  • We can custom make nets in different mesh sizes and colors
  • The smaller the mesh is, the more expensive it is

What other factors should be taken into consideration when looking at custom goal nets?

The nets use

  • Indoor facilities with high traffic for shots would require a higher strength net with a smaller mesh
  • Higher strength nets are also recommended for facilities where multiple sports are played

The life of the net

  • Stronger nets with smaller mesh last longest
  • Our most common mesh size, 2-inches, sees an average life span of 3-7 years

Custom Colors

  • There are certain materials that nets only come in specific colors
  • We can paint colors onto the net but it gets expensive and will wear over time
  • We recommend getting a net in a standard color with the size that best fits your needs
  • You can get checkered or striped nets but can get very expensive

Transcription of the Audio

What are the most common requests for custom soccer goal nets?

John – We do get a lot of customer requests for soccer nets.  The main things that we get asked for are custom sizes. People want different heights, widths, top depths and back depths.  We also get asked for different mesh sizes on those. Other common requests that we get are for logo nets, stripe nets or checkered nets. We can do logo nets in a number of different ways. The most common is by printing letters on the back of a small mesh net that we can custom. The other way is by printing on the windscreen that we then sew into the net. The NCAA just approved putting logos on soccer nets. The best way to do that is by printing a logo on a windscreen and sewing it onto the back of the net.

What factors influence cost of custom soccer goal nets?

John – Influences on the cost of custom nets is the size of the net. There is a square footage cost for material. The size of the net is going to matter in regards to the cost. The mesh size is going to matter as well. Most soccer nets have a 4-inch mesh net or smaller. The smaller the mesh is, the more expensive it is. We can custom make nets in different mesh sizes. We commonly use a 2-inch mesh as it is available in multiple colors including: white, black, royal blue, yellow, gray and there is sand that we can have the net made out of.

What other factors should be taken into consideration when looking at custom goal nets?

John – Other considerations people should use when ordering custom nets is how the net is being used.  If it is indoor facility that has high traffic for shots being taken on that goal should go with a higher strength net and possibly a smaller mesh net. It also depends on if other sports are being played in that area especially in an indoor setting and then that net would stop the ball of that size. We are commonly seeing indoor buildings having lacrosse being played on their soccer goals but they cannot stop lacrosse balls so balls sometimes are going out of that area. You should consider the sports that are being played there besides soccer. Other considerations include how long a net will last. Typically, the stronger and smaller the mesh, the longer it is going to last. We see 2-inch mesh nets lasting in an outdoor setting somewhere between three to seven years. The smaller the mesh, the more holes have to be in it before you have to replace it. We do get a lot of requests for custom colors. There are certain materials that nets only come in on those colors. We can paint colors on the net but that gets expensive and tends to wear out over time. The dye on the net only lasts for a certain period of time. Our recommendation will be to get a net in a standard color and get the size you want. If you want a checkered or stripe net, we have stocked ones of those that we can do. Customs nets that are checkered or striped get very expensive but what we can do that with paint.

 

 

 

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.

Different types of Walk-Draw Curtains from Keeper Goals

 Listen to full discussion with Keeper Goals owner, John Moynihan

Budget Track Curtain Divider

What are the different types of Walk-Draw Curtains and what situations do you recommend them in?

Walk-Draw system with netting on a cable

  • Ideal for use when the walls are strong enough to suspend the cable under tension
  • We would suggest putting a roller on the cable that connects to the net
  • Least expensive curtain system
  • This system is easy to use and the curtain can be pulled quickly from wall to wall

Walk-Draw system on tracking (Two types of tracking: Budget and Steel)

Budget tracking

  • We recommend this system with a lower ceiling (20 feet or less)
  • This tracking is best used for Volleyball, Basketball, Futsal or Soccer
  • The tracking is suspended from the ceiling
  • This tracking system needs to be supported every 8 feet
  • The Rollers on net allow an easy pull to the other side
  • Divider Curtains can be used using vinyl with mesh on top allowing you to see through to the other side
  • 4 inch mesh is recommended

Steel tracking

  • This tracking is recommend for a higher ceiling (20 feet or higher)
  • This tracking is best used for Lacrosse, Baseball or Field Hockey
  • The steel track has a larger capacity that will hold strong and continue to roll even with dents
  • We recommend that this system is supported every 10 feet
  • We have weights that may be added to the bottom of the net so balls will not pass under
  • We provide extra netting that can be added to bottom to prevent balls from passing under as well
  • 1 ½ to 1 ¾ mesh is recommended if younger kids are playing to avoid their feet getting caught in the net

Transcription of the Audio

Cody – This is Cody Johnson and on today’s segment we’ll be talking with John Moynihan more about the walk-draw divider curtains that we sell at Keeper Goals. We will be talking specifically about the different types of walk-draw divider curtains that we sell and the different situations that we recommend them in.

John – There are different types of walk-draw divider curtains or netting systems.  The first one is a walk-draw system with netting on a cable You would do this when the walls are sufficiently strong enough to suspend the cable under tension from point to point and we would suggest putting a roller on that cable that the net would connect to like a shower curtain. You would then pull that net across to the other side. This is a least expensive way to do a curtain system.  The advantage of it is it’s fast and it’s easy, but the disadvantage is the wall has to be strong enough to hold that cable.  Also, if the span is too long, there’ll be sag in the cable and you might not be able to use that.  Sometimes we do things like center support that cable or run two runs of cable so you could divide up the net and move it in two different directions but support that cable in the middle.


John –  Another type of walk-draw system is on tracking.  There are two different types of tracking. Budget  and Steel.  We use the budget tracking system with a lower ceiling height, normally 20 feet or less, and it is used for volleyball, basketball, futsal or soccer. The budget track gets suspended from the ceiling.  This track has to be supported about every 8 feet and there are rollers on that track that make it easy to pull a net across to the other side.  You can also use this track when you’re doing it with a divider curtain, using vinyl and then some mesh on top or a curtain with a flex mesh track curtain on it.  Flex mesh is easier to see through and it holds its shape better than traditional netting over time.


John –  If there’s a higher ceiling or you’re using it for lacrosse, baseball or field hockey, then we suggest using a better track that can take dents a little bit better than the budget track.  It’s a steel track and it has a larger capacity that will hold and if it does get dented, the rollers still, at times, can work through that.  That tracking needs to be supported every 10 feet and it will allow you to bring back a net or a curtain or a flex mesh curtain back and forth.  Some of the different option on those is you can weight the bottom of the net or curtains with chains so balls don’t pass underneath it or you can take extra net to have it on the ground so people don’t roll it up.  On any of those systems, we recommend 4-inch mesh for futsal, soccer, basketball or volleyball.  But at times, people might get their feet caught in that net, especially if young kids are playing in that area and so a lot of times we use smaller mesh, either an inch and three quarters or an inch and a half. We suggest using it for lacrosse on those systems.

Net rolled on wheeled soccer goal at Alverno College in Wisconsin.

Got soccer nets that are too big? Here’s a cheap and simple solution.

Soccer goals look the best when the nets hang neatly on the goal. And soccer goals with wheels are easiest to move when the nets don’t hang down onto the wheels.

However, sometimes nets are made slightly oversized and other nets will stretch over time, (especially if you’ve purchased good quality nets that last for several years).

Don’t despair there is an easy, inexpensive, (actually free), way to adjust your nets to fit your goals. Simply roll them and clip them along the base of the goal.

How to attach a net to a wheeled soccer goal:

1.) Start with the bottom cord of the net in one corner of the goal and roll it.

2.) Pull the bottom cord of the net through the rolled portion.

3.) Clip the bottom cord of the net with the net clip attached to the cable.

  • If your goals don’t have a cable net attachment system with clips you will need to use an alternate method of securing the net.
  • Zip ties and velcro are two alternatives you may want to consider.

4.) Continue around the bottom of the goal making certain to roll the net adequately to clear the wheels.

5.) That is all!

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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.

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.

Contents

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.

nylon-soccer-net

Nylon

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.