Summer holidays are right around the corner and you are wondering what you are going to do with your kids all summer long. You want them to spend more time in the backyard but at the same time you need to keep them entertained, not an easy task. One of the ways that you can do this is with a backyard soccer field. Let us show you how to make a soccer field in your backyard.
Getting the Yard Ready
First thing you’re going to have to do is get your yard prepped and ready. You may not have a full sized regulation soccer field but that’s okay. All you really need is a rectangular space in your yard. Then you are going to have to get rid of any debris there might be that is in the way.
Make the Ground Level
Soccer fields don’t have ditches, holes or hills and all of those things can cause a child trip and fall. If you have holes in the ground then fill them in with topsoil and sand. Put this filler into holes and add a bit of water to make sure that it is compacted down. You are going to have to wait a couple of days before it is fit to walk on and settled properly. Now you are going to need put some grass on this part of the lawn.
Mark out the Field
You can grab a couple of stakes and use them to mark out the corners of the field. You can measure them out with a tape measure to make the lines are even and the lengths are matching. You can wrap string around the stakes to double check and make sure the whole thing is even and you have perfect 90 degree angles at the corners. Once that is done you can start spray painting out the field, don’t forget that you need a midline in the center of the field.
Add the Goals
Depending on the age of your children that will decide the size and materials of the goals that you put up. Also you want something that is proportionate to your yard. You can get a 4 x 6 goal for kids around 5 and as they grow you can make the goal bigger. You want to use plastic, it is lightweight and easily moved. If you have some very serious soccer players in your family then you might want to get some goals that have metal frames and have them anchored in the ground.
Your kids can have a great summer honing their skills and playing their favorite sport right in your backyard, be careful though your yard may become the most popular place in the neighborhood.