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How to Set Up a Portable Soccer Goal

 Overview

Certain WAWSL fields require the use of portable goals. Teams share the responsibility of bringing the goals to the field during the season, as well as removing and storing them. The schedule will indicate when it is your team’s turn to either bring the goals to the field or remove them at the end of the day and take them home.

One team will bring both portable goals to the field, but each team is responsible for setting up one goal. Each team should also bring nets and corner flags.

Each setup team should have at least four players at the field at least 45 minutes before the game to help with unloading and setting up the goals. It will take you at least 20 minutes just to set up each goal.

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Transportation

Make sure you have the right vehicle for transporting the goals.  Each goal bag weighs 40 pounds, is 9 feet long, and is 1 foot in diameter.  If you use a car roof rack, you will need a rope to tie the two goal bags onto your car.  A pickup truck works well for transporting the goals.  The goals will also fit (just barely!) in many regular sized cars if the back seats fold down.  The goals definitely fit in the following types of cars:  Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, VW Jetta, Saturn SL-1 (4 door sedan), Toyota Sienna, Honda CR-V (sticking out the back window), Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The goals do not fit in a Dodge Stratus.  Don't plan on having a passenger if you're transporting the goals in your car - there won't be room.  But do bring friends to help you load the portable goals into your car.

Exception - The portable goals for Summer Season do not need to be transported.  They should be locked to the fence at the field.  Goals stored at the field should not be disassembled.  They can be locked intact, laying flat on the ground next to the fence.  See Field Directions for further information.

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Safety Considerations – Important!

Remember: Safety first! Common ways to hurt yourself include:

  • Hanging from the crossbar just for the fun of it, causing the goal to tip over. (Even if you don't tip the portable goals over, this may bend the crossbar.)

  • Not anchoring the back bars into the ground, waiting for a big gust of wind to come along and tips the goal, hitting the goalkeeper.

Do not assume that the goal will stand perfectly in place and that the wind will remain calm. You must make certain that the goal is securely anchored so that it will not tip over.

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Set-Up: Step One – Identifying the Pieces

  • Spread all the pieces out on the ground. NOTE: DO NOT immediately connect the goal pieces, because you're jumping ahead too quickly. You will want to thread the goal net through the crossbar before connecting any pieces.

  • In the bag you should find seven major pieces, plus four anchors. You will also find a rubber mallet that should only be used on the driving spike, and never on the portable goal itself.

The eleven pieces of the Kwik goal are:

  1. The center (female) crossbar (#1), which has blue dots on each side.

  2. The left and right (male) crossbars (#'s 2 and 3), which have one red dot and one blue dot.

  3. A left goalpost (#4) and a left supporting beam(#5).

  4. A right goalpost (#6) and a right supporting beam(#7).

  5. One anchor for the bottom of each goalpost and each supporting beam (#'s 8-11).

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Step 2: Threading the Net

  • Find the top of the goal net, which should be marked by two tags that say "Top Corner".

  • Thread the top part through the center (female) crossbar, with blue dots on each side.

NOTE: It's easier if you only thread the net through the center crossbar, instead of all three crossbar pieces (which is the next step).

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Step 3: Attaching the Crossbars

  • After threading the top of the net through the center (female) crossbar, attach the adjoining (male) crossbars, blue dot to blue dot. Be careful not to catch your fingers inside the crossbars when connecting the poles.

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Step 4: Goalposts and Anchors

  • Attach the four anchors to each goalpost and supporting beam. The anchors for the goalposts have black dots. The anchors for the supporting beams have green dots. Attach black to black, and green to green.

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Step 5: Attaching the Goalposts

  • Connect the crossbar to the goalposts and supporting beams, red dot to red dot.

Step 6: Raising the Goal

  • Raise the goals. You will need four or more people to raise the goals safely.

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Step 7: The Rubber Mallet

  • If the ground is hard, use a rubber mallet against the driving spike to create a hole for the goal anchors.

NEVER hammer the Kwic goal bottom pieces directly into the ground. Use the long driving spike to make pilot holes, then insert the Kwic goal pieces into the ground. If the holes are not big enough, remove the goal piece and use the driving spike again to make the hole deeper.

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Step 8: Anchoring the Goal

  • If the ground is soft, you can step on the goal anchors to drive the goal into the group. Be careful that you don't warp the goal.

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Step 9: Stakes

  • Use stakes on the back of the net. The side netting should fit over and around the back stabilizing bars on both sides, and use Velcro to attach the net to the goal posts.

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Take-Down

  • After the game, first pull up all metal spikes and stakes. Make sure you don't throw your back out. Remember to bend from the knees while pulling out the stakes.

  • SLOWLY pull the goals out and lower them to the ground, using several strong persons so that the goals do not fall. The goals are fragile, and so are you. Then disassemble the goals piece by piece. Do not separate the goalposts from their supporting beam. These are the pieces held in place by a screw and lugnut. They can fit "as is" into the goal bag.

  • Yes, you should separate the anchors from the two goalposts and the two supporting beams. These are the four small pieces with the black dots on them.

  • Make sure that all of these objects (seven major goal posts, four anchors, stakes, rubber mallet, Velcro) find their way into the goal bag.

  • Once again, make sure that you did not separate the screw from the lugnut, on each goal post and supporting beam. And then scan again for any objects laying on the ground.