Football is a great game for kids to learn. Not only because it is the most popular sport in the world, but also because kids who play get plenty of exercise, develop better coordination, and learn how to be a part of a team.
Football remains so popular worldwide because all you need to play is a ball. Of course, the game is more fun when you have a couple of other people to play with and a set of goals to aim your shots at. That is why we are going to look at some of the best football sets that you can buy so your kids, or even you and your friends, can play a friendly match just about anywhere.
The Best Football Sets
Below are reviews of the best football sets for a variety of ages, skill levels, and playing surfaces. They each have plenty of solid qualities, but the weaknesses in each set are pointed out as well to help you make the best decision when you decide to buy a football set.
Top 10 Football Sets
This lightweight football set arrives with both a green coloured goal and one coloured in red, which is ideal when you are teaching younger kids which goal they are attacking.
This portable set folds up nicely and comes with a storage bag for easy carrying. Once you are where you are going to play, they are easy for even children to set up by simply popping the parts into the net. While most goals without any depth behind the crossbar are susceptible to falling over, this set comes complete with a fastening peg for each goal that you can stick into the ground to hold it in place should the wind, or a strong shot, try to knock it over.
At 120*81*81cm and made from a soft mesh fabric with a nylon net, this set is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Ease of setup
- Fastening pegs hold the goals into the ground
- Two colours is a nice touch
- Carrying bag with handle
- Good for indoor play as well
- Small sized goals
- No ball included with the set
- Nylon net may wear out more quickly
Made to help teach children the game of football this set comes with two plastic goals and nylon nets. Each goal has four ground pegs to secure the goal to compensate for its lightweight and lack of depth. At 60cm (H) x 85cm (W) x 42cm (D) this set is perfect both indoor and outdoor use.
The goals are easily assembled and disassembled, and it takes up very little storage space in a closet or garage. While this set does not come with a carrying bag, the goals are light enough for you to bring along to the park or beach.
Complete with a yellow and black football and air pump, this set contains everything you need to let your kids start playing right away.
This set is designed for children three years old and up but can be enjoyed by older children and adults as long as you aren’t shooting the ball too hard at the net.
- Easy to assemble and disassemble
- Includes a soft football and pump
- Can be used indoors as well as outdoors
- Fastening pegs help with stability
- Ideal for younger children
- Not ideal for use with a real football
- Netting does not withstand the elements very well
Another set designed for kids aged three and up, this set makes it easy to introduce young players to the game of football. At 60cm (H) x 85cm (W) x 42cm (D) it is ideal for use both indoors and outdoors and comes complete with a carrying box, a ball, an air pump, a whistle, and ground pegs to help secure the goal from falling over. There is even a red card and yellow card included to help teach children what happens if they commit a foul.
While not easy for a child to set up, an adult will find it easy to assemble this goal in a matter of minutes. Unlike most of the sets reviewed here, this one only comes with one goal so if you plan to use it for a two-sided match, you will need to add another goal.
Designed for use with the lighter ball that this set comes with, this goal will not withstand use with a real football for very long.
- Complete set
- Added cards and whistle are a nice touch
- Carrying case makes for easy portability
- Pegs help secure the goals from falling over
- Ideal for indoor use as well as outdoor play
- Only one goal included
- Cannot be used with a real football
- Difficult for children to assemble
Whether you are looking for a football set for younger kids or training goals for a more accomplished player, this set accommodates both. Made from weatherproof mesh, it is ideal for playing in the yard, at the park, or at the beach.
Each goal is just under a meter high and a meter wide and its pop-up assembly gets the match going in seconds. Plastic pegs firmly hold the goals in place to allow for players to take harder shots without worrying about breaking the goal or knocking it over. With this football set, you don’t have to worry about durability. It is built to withstand a well-struck ball hitting the back of the net.
Breaking them down after you are finished playing is just as easy as setting them up. Simply twist and fold the goals and slide them into their convenient carrying cases.
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- Carrying cases with handles
- Easy to assemble and disassemble
- Can be used by players of all ages and skill levels
- Weatherproof materials
- More expensive than most toy models
- Posts can be flimsy when struck
- Netting is thinner than most
After making portable football goals for over 20 years, Podiumax knows what it takes to make a quality football set. These goals set up in seconds due to their pop-up design; and they break down just as quickly and easily. To help make them even more portable, this set comes with a carrying case so you can practice or play just about anywhere. Four ground pegs help secure the goal and its durable fibreglass rod and tetoron polyester fibre net let you fire shots at this goal without worrying about it breaking on you.
At 123 x 90 x 90cm this is a larger football set that makes it ideal for matches where someone parks them self in front of the goal. Designed for older children, even adults, will enjoy playing when they are using this set.
Although it is a bit larger, these goals are suitable for use indoors as well.
- Reputable manufacturer
- Good for all ages
- Nice carrying bag
- Can be used just about anywhere
- Higher priced than most others
- No ball included
Another set for the developing football star, this pop-up football goal opens to 110 x 80 x 80cm for quick pick up matches or practices and if you flip it over, there is a covering with five openings at the corners and middle of the goal to practice shot placement.
Solid fibreglass poles and the anti-tear Oxford fabric make this a durable, but light, goal that you can secure into the ground with the PVC pegs that come included.
Breaking this goal down is just as easy as setting it up. Simply fold it into a flat oval and slide it into the carrying bag for easy transport to wherever you want to take it.
The net, and the rest of the goal, is constructed to withstand hard shots on goal. Likewise, the shot placement trainer holds up well against a well-struck ball so there is no need to worry about tearing it free from the goal.
- Shot trainer
- Durable materials
- Good price
- Easy to use
- Only comes with one goal
- No ball included
- Net has little depth
Another football set that falls into the toy category, you can expect durability with this product that is backed by a one year 100% warranty. Also included in this set is a smaller sized football ideal for younger kids and a pump. Everything a budding player needs to get started with the game of football.
Assembly is simple, just string the poles through the netting and pop the goal posts into the corner pieces. At 60 cm x 41 cm x 29 cm this is a perfect size for younger children and weighing just 800g you can carry it around to wherever you want to let your kids play.
While not designed for indoor use, this set is small enough to set up in a room to let kids play inside.
Older children and adults may not find this set suitable for their needs as it is not built to stand up to a hard shot from a real football.
- Easy assembly
- Set comes complete with ball and pump
- Made for both indoor and outdoor use
- Only one goal included in this set
- No carrying case
- No ground pegs to secure the goal
Much like the previous review, the DeeXop football set is a toy designed for younger children and not a goal that adults or older kids would find useful.
The set comes complete with a football small enough for kids and an air pump.
At only 41 x 29 x 60 cm it is small enough to use indoors and weighing only 800g you can easily carry this around with you to the park or beach and let you kids start having fun.
The goal posts are made from plastic and setup is simple. Slide the goal posts through the netting and attach them to the corner pieces. Each piece is designed that even kids as young as five can easily set this up for play.
Not as durable as some of the other football sets on this list, it should be fine for kids using the ball that is provided in the set.
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- Good for both indoor and outdoor use
- Easy to assemble
- Lightweight for easy carrying
- Complete set with ball and air pump
- Only one goal provided
- No carrying case included
- Not as durable as others on the list
This football set includes a goal, smaller sized football, and an air pump. What makes this set unique is that it also comes with two plastic hockey sticks and two lightweight hockey pucks to introduce children to two different sports.
At 55.9 x 19.3 x 5.3 cm and 581g it is small enough to use indoors and light enough for you to carry around with you. Like many others, this set assembles by attaching the goal posts to the corner pieces and is easy enough for children to accomplish with little or no help from an adult. Just let them set it up in the corner of a room or in the back yard and they are ready to start playing.
While it is built to withstand heavy play from a younger player, this football set is not going to hold up to use from a stronger player using a real football.
- Complete with football and air pump
- Includes hockey sticks and pucks
- Easy to setup
- Only one goal is provided in this set
- No carrying case is included
- Not durable enough for older kids
Not all football sets are toys or measured in centimeters. The FORZA goal is something for the more serious football player to use. The model reviewed here stands at 1.22 meters high and is 1.83 meters wide so it is large enough for younger children to enjoy a real football match or for adults to use in a fun pickup game. This model is also available in larger sizes if you wish to increase the size of your goals.
Weatherproof and versatile, you can leave this set up all year round and not worry about it falling to the elements.
Unique to the FORZA goals is the locking system that ensures the posts will not separate from the corner pieces even during the most rugged play.
Easily the most durable of the sets reviewed here, FORZA does offer replacement parts should anything break so you don’t have to replace the entire goal.
- Rugged and durable 68mm PVC construction
- Replaceable parts
- Ground pegs to keep the goal, and net, stable
- Locking system keeps the goal intact
- Easy assembly and disassembly makes the goal transportable
- Only one goal is provided so you will need to purchase a second one separately for real matches
- No carrying case makes transporting this difficult
- Sliding the goal posts through the netting can be a challenge, especially for children
This review covers a wide range of football sets. Some are designed as toys for younger children to play with while others are made to serve a wide range of age groups. Your choice is dependent on who you are buying this football set for.
The clear winner here is the Dgreat popup portable football set. It meets all the criteria mentioned below:
- Quality materials
- Good shape
- The right size for multiple users
- Portable for playing in many places
Even though it is a pop-up style goal, it is made from durable materials that will withstand use from players of all levels. The shape of the goal is one area that some may not like as it has a curved top and not a traditional box. However, the goal is deep enough to hold the ball when it makes its way into the goal.
As far as size is concerned, this set is small enough for use indoors and well as outdoors. It is the perfect size for kids and adults who are looking to start up a match without having to assign someone as the goalkeeper.
It’s size also lends to its portability. Being smaller makes it easier to carry to the fields, park, or beach if you want a quick match. Add to this the fact that it folds down flat makes it a good set to throw in a bag or in your car without having to make extra room.
The final deciding factor was the price. While priced more than the toy sets, it is moderately priced for the heavier duty football sets that meet the needs of multiple types of players.
What to Look for in the Best Football Sets
You can find a football goal in just about any store, but the last thing you want is to buy something that is cheaply made and falls when the wind blows a bit too hard. At the same time, you don’t want something that is too heavy to carry or that your kids could get hurt with if they are out playing without adults around. These are only some of the things you need to look for, however.
The construction of most football sets is either a plastic or metal frame. Both can meet the criteria, but you need to look more closely at what type of plastic or metal the goal is constructed with and how heavy the set is.
The first thing to look for in a football set is the material it is made from. You want a frame made of durable materials that are light enough even for your kids to carry around; especially if you plan to take them to the park or beach instead of leaving them up in your yard the entire time.
The netting is another material to consider. You want to make sure that the net will withstand the abuse that comes from constantly catching a football as well as the wear and tear the comes from toting them around. Heavy duty nets are made from high tenacity polypropylene. For a backyard football set, this is overkill unless the goal will be left out in the sun. Other materials include polyethylene, which most nets are made from and nylon, which is popular in the United States.
Shape of the Goal
The goals that come with football sets come in a variety of shapes. There is the standard box shape that you see when you watch a match on television. This shape is the sturdiest, but it can also be more expensive and more difficult to carry and setup.
Then there are goals without much depth. The net descends to the ground directly from the crossbar ant about a 45-degree angle. Often the most lightweight and portable sets, they are also the least sturdy and if you buy a cheaply made one they tend to fall over. These are commonly used in pickup matches in parks and on beaches all over the world.
Finally, there is the style that isn’t quite a box, but does add a bit of depth to the net behind the crossbar. Usually, the goals in these sets extend about a half a meter behind the crossbar and then extends down to the ground at a 45-degree angle. This style of goal allows for a bit more room and is sturdier than the ones with little depth. Their level of portability depends on the size and material that the goal is made from.
If you are looking for an official goal, then you are not interested in portability. This thing is likely going up in one spot and staying there for a while. However, if you are shopping for a football set that you and your kids can tote around to play anywhere, then the size of the goal is important.
The age of the players and the number of players per side should be a consideration as well. For a few kids kicking the ball around, a larger set may be more fun because they will score more frequently. If you have older kids or adults using the goals, then you may opt for smaller goals to make the game more challenging. Also, if you plan to have a person standing in front of the goal during a match, then you might look for a larger net so one person won’t block the entire with their legs.
Where You Plan to Play
Most football sets are portable, but that doesn’t mean they are suitable for all playing surfaces. If you play on the beach, you aren’t going to want to have a set that collects sand. You also don’t want the salt air ruining your goals.
You may also want to consider clearing a place somewhere in the house and let younger children play indoors. There are sets that are safe enough to set up inside, just make sure you use a foam ball to avoid breaking anything in the house.