How to Choose: Garden Goals


One of the greatest things about football is how accessible the game is. As long as you have a football, you can play the game almost anywhere as the options for what can be used as a goal are endless. Growing up the list of different things me and my brother used as goals was long – jumpers, cones, bins, trees, walls, garage doors, even hedges. Our parents weren’t always pleased with our choice of goals, but the fact that almost anything could be a goal led to many hours playing one against one football matches in between games in the park or at school with friends.

However, as enjoyable as this was, there is nothing quite like scoring in a proper goal. It’s just inherently more satisfying, especially the sensation of the ball hitting the back of the net (assuming you are the one who shot of course!) There are a few different options in terms of goals which can be used in your back garden , so which is the most suitable for you?

Semi-permanent goals

The first place to start is to identify whether you are happy to keep the goals in the same place all year round or whether you want to move and store them when not in use. If you are happy with the former, you can consider goals which are inserted into the ground, as you will find in competitive football matches. These goals are far sturdier than any of the other options on the market, and are available in a range of sizes. If your name is Rod Stewart, you can go for full size goals to go with a full size football pitch in your back garden, but much smaller goals that are both more suitable for children and more in fitting with a regularly sized garden are also available.

The main downside to these goals is that whilst they can be removed, it is not particularly convenient to do so, and they are not easy to store either. If you are happy to keep the goals in place permanently such factors will not be a major concern, but for more occasional use, other goals will offer relatively comparable performance qualities but with far greater convenience.

Assembly goals

Assembly goals are made up of a series of pipes and connecting parts which when put together form a goal. The first time you try to put the goals up, it might remind you of assembling furniture bought from a well-known Scandinavian retailer and can take some time to put up and take down. However, with a bit of practice, the goals can be assembled in the matter of minutes and can be stored in a bag when not in use.

Assembly Goals
Assembly Goals

Stability is added through the base frame which fits to the bottom of the goal and also allows you to fit nets to the goal. Heavier goals will generally be sturdier but will be less convenient to carry, reducing their portability. This to an extent defeats the purpose of the goal – a better option is to find alternative ways to improve the stability of the goals if necessary on a windy day or when playing with older children. One option is to add weights to the base of the goal to limit movement, or alternatively you can peg down the goal in much the same way as when putting up a tent.

Pop-up goals

Whilst assembly goals are relatively straight forward to put up once you’ve gotten used to it, pop-up goals such as the Kipsta Kage can be put up and take down in seconds rather than minutes, plus they are generally lighter, easier to carry and more convenient to store when not in use.

Pop-up Goals
Pop-up Goals

Pop-up goals will not be for everyone. The nature of a pop-up goal produces a rounded shape which is not exactly the authentic football experience, which is most noticeable when the ball hits the frame of the goal – the ball will not react in the same way as when it hits a straight post or crossbar. However, if you’re looking for a set of goals that you can not only use in the garden but in the park or on the beach where the opportunity arises too, the portability and convenience offered by pop-up goals are ideal.


Goals that can be used in the garden come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can vary considerably in terms of how they perform too. The main factors to consider is how regularly you want to use them and where you want to be able to use them. This will help you to identify the type of goals which will be most useful for you, at which point factors such as price and stability can help you to choose the specific goal you want to buy.

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