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Whether you’re a soccer junkie yourself or the parent of a child who’s looking to get in more authentic practice time, adding a backyard soccer field is both practical and fun. 

Many athletes dream of having their own backyard sports field but adding a field to your backyard isn’t as hard as it seems. Follow these steps to building a backyard soccer field so you can achieve the field of your dreams right outside your backdoor.  

Find the Space 

The first step to building a backyard field is to map out the space you’ll need. Based on the size of your backyard, you may only have space for a half field or a mini field with two goals. Assess the size of your backyard and consider how much you can reasonably use toward your soccer field.  

Pick Goal Sizes 

Picking out goals all depends on the shape of the space you have available and what you hope to accomplish with your field. For players looking to replicate authentic league play, stick to regulation size goals, which are 8 feet by 24 feet for adults, or 6 feet by 24 feet for youth players. 
 
For smaller backyards, non-regulation size goals are still a good choice and will help you get some practice in while presenting the added challenge of a smaller target.  

To Add a Fence or Not? 

Adding a fence will require some extra labor on your part, but it could protect you and your neighbor's homes from incoming soccer balls. If you’d like some extra protection, consider adding a fence around the perimeter of the space you’ve mapped out for your field.  

Install Backyard Lighting 

Don’t reduce your backyard field to daytime use only. The next step in this guide to building a backyard soccer field is to add high-quality lighting that will keep your field illuminated at any time of night. LED floodlights are a great option for optimal light and cost savings.  

Mark Your Field 

The last thing you’ll need to do after you’ve installed fencing and lights is to mark your field. Once again, the way you mark your field will depend on the size and type of field you choose to design. 

Whether you decided on a half field or a regulation size field, you’ll need to use the same materials when it comes to marking. Use a tape measure, a few stakes, a spool of string, and a can of marking spray paint to finalize your field. 

Using the tape measure, measure out each necessary line on the field. Use the stakes to signify the two-end point of each line. Then, connect a string from each endpoint to use as a guide when spray-painting straight lines.

Grab a Ball and Play 

After you’ve finished marking your field, you’re all set to start up a backyard scrimmage. Grab your ball and get ready to play!

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