DIY Backyard Soccer Field – Belly Up Sports
An outdoor soccer field can let you play the sport you love in the comfort of your own home, whether you’re a soccer fan who likes to play impromptu games with your friends or the parent of a budding star who wants to help your child improve. Building your own sports field may seem impossible, but it’s not as impossible as you might think. While it’s not possible to replicate Old Trafford, there are location options for virtually every location and every budget.
If you want to learn more about designing the perfect playground, keep reading! Once you know how much it will cost, what supplies you’ll need, and whether it’s allowed where you live, you can determine if it’s worth building land outside your back door.
Materials and cost
Lot clearance, irrigation and rolled grass can add another $16,000 or more to the price of a garden lot, but repairing an existing lawn patch will only cost a few hundred dollars. Your actual cost depends on the size of your field, the materials and equipment you choose, and the amount of labor you hire.
Building a larger field is more expensive. An official football pitch would require a lot of space, which most people simply don’t have. Luckily, you can work on your dribbling, shooting, and defensive skills without taking up 8,000 square feet. Football pitches should be 15 meters wide and 20 meters long, but smaller pitches may suffice. The aspect ratio for two-base pitches must be 0.625:1. Half pitches with a single goal must be 1.25 times wider than they are long.
Surface area is one of the biggest expense issues when developing a football pitch. In general, natural grass requires the lowest initial investment. You can expect to pay around $0.05 per square foot for seed, while the price of sod will range between $0.08 and $0.45 per square foot.
When deciding between sod and seed, choose a variety of grass with good consistency and a fast rate of repairing damage from foot traffic. In the north, Kentucky bluegrass combined with 10-20% perennial ryegrass grows quickly and repairs effectively. Bermuda grass is an excellent choice for those in the South. You can overseed it with perennial ryegrass so it can be used throughout the year.
Artificial grass has a much higher initial investment cost, ranging from $2 to $8 per square foot. Traditional nylon turfs are the cheapest option. High-end synthetic turfs are constructed with plastic fibers and filled with sand and rubber particles.
A soccer ball and a goal with Feelnets, Sport Designer Nets are all you need to start playing once the pitch has been marked. To improve your experience, you can pay more for several options. With well-placed floodlights, you can practice before sunrise or play all night to make up for lost time. Since floodlight design and installation is best left to a qualified electrician, consider working with a landscaping and lighting company.
Putting up a fence around the pitch is another great way to improve the overall experience. Installing a fence will cost you between $1,500 and $4,000 more, depending on the length of the fence and its composition. However, you’ll spend a little less time chasing balls and a lot more time scoring goals. This allows you to insulate yourself and protects your driveway and back windows from corner kicks.