You may know everything there is to know about the sport of soccer and still not be aware of some of the more important facts about soccer equipment. Many soccer coaches, parents and players probably never give a second thought to the net they are using on their goal, but it's an integral facet of the game, and if you have a soccer net that's become weathered, damaged, tangled up or torn, you should consider your options carefully before splurging for a new net.
Every soccer net may look the same to an outsider, but this is really not the case. Many soccer nets that look almost exactly the same are actually quite different, and they definitely do not come in a one-size-fits-all configuration. Some of these features should be kept in mind when shopping for a new soccer net:
There are standard net sizes made to fit standard goal frames. If you have a youth 6.5' x 12' soccer goal, you will need a 6.5' x 12' soccer net to accommodate it.
There are advanced soccer goals which are deeper and have more room inside the goal. To fit these frames, any soccer net you get to replace them should also have depth in order to fit these frames. You should seek out nets with three or more dimensions (i.e., 8' x 24' x 6' x 6'). The first two dimensions listed are the height and width of the net. The last two listed dimensions refer to the net's top depth and bottom base depth.
How thick should the roping be on your soccer net? Rope Size: Low-end soccer nets that don't cost a lot usually feature a 2mm thick rope. If you are seeking a higher-end net that is more advanced, more durable and made to withstand more forceful shots from more elite players, these nets use a rope that ranges from 3mm to 3.5mm. If the goal will be used by a player age 12 or older, buy a net with a 3mm or thicker cord because you might find that 2mm cord breaks too easily.
The net mesh's tightness is directly related to its durability. Most soccer net mesh is 120mm wide. There are also tighter knits of mesh that are at 3.5 inches or 5.5 inches, a hex mesh.
Goals nowadays come with secure net fastener systems, such as bars and clips that secure the net to the frame. You should be looking for either a goal with these features, or add them to the goals you already have with clips that you buy and install separately. You can also use Velcro strips to secure nets to frame poles temporarily. With normal use, expect to replace a regulation soccer goal net about every two years, possibly sooner. Periodically check your net for signs of wear.