Although soccer might not be the most popular sport in the USA, nobody can deny that its popularity has been rising constantly for quite some time now, and there are many reasons for that. To begin with, MLS and NWSL have been attracting some of the major international soccer stars for years, which means the game is getting much more coverage, both nationally and internationally.
Also, the fact that kids who watch soccer, either live or on TV, can simply find some empty piece of land or grass and organise a game means that it is much more accessible than basketball, for example, since you need a proper court, a backboard and a ring, as well as many lines, circles and marks.
So, if you want to make your own soccer field in your backyard, you’ll probably find the project easier than you think, but it’s far from an extremely simple one. Let’s take a look at what you need to consider when creating a soccer field.
The most important thing is to carefully measure the space you want to convert into a soccer field, because that will determine the type of works needed and the kind of equipment you’re going to buy. You may only have enough space to include one goal, but that’s also great, since you can use the field to practice. Depending on the size, you’ll have to scale down the dimensions of the goals and penalty boxes.
This is not necessary, but definitely worth considering, especially if there is a great chance of a ball ending up in your living room after it breaks a window. If you face the perimeter, you’ll protect both people and your property and will be able to enjoy the game without worrying about causing damage.
You’ve probably seen videos and pics of people playing soccer on almost any imaginable surface, from sand to concrete, but your choice should definitely be grass. The only decision you should make is whether to use natural or artificial grass. Both have their merits, but an artificial surface definitely requires less, if any, maintenance, doesn’t need any chemicals, such as pesticides or fertilizers and it also doesn’t turn into mud after rain.
Get the equipment
Obviously, once you’ve decided on the surface, you have to choose the right equipment. Luckily, the shopping list is not long and you can actually start with just two things: a ball and soccer goals. The size of the goals will depend on the size of the field and the age of people playing soccer. Ideally, your backyard is big enough to accommodate regulation-size goals, but even if that’s not the case, you can still have loads of fun with smaller goals.
Prepare the yard
Once you’ve measured and cleared your yard, it’s time to level the field and make right angles. There are many methods you can apply when doing this, but it’s vital that you do it properly. Otherwise, you’ll find it quite awkward to use the field and all your effort will be in vain.
You’ll then need to spray paint your field’s boundaries. If you are using artificial turf, you don’t have to apply a fresh coat of spray paint each time you mow your lawn, but make sure you do it regularly enough, so that you don’t have to stake, string and measure your field again.
Now that you have your own soccer field in your backyard, you can enjoy it any time you want or even invite your friends over for a game or two. When you get tired of soccer, you can use the field to throw dinner parties for your guests or let the kids roam around barefoot. So, converting a part of your backyard into a soccer field doesn’t mean that you’ll lose it for some other activities, which is another reason why you should do it.