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.