It’s hard to get from the backyard to the arena at the World Cup. Endless hours of practice are the difference between the fan screaming in the stands and the player proudly wearing the colors of his home country.
To get you started on your way to the national team, you are going to need a net in the yard for after hours practice. A terrific starter system is the Pugg four footer portable training goal set (Two soccer goals and a bag.) This set can also be purchased in six and two and a half foot sizes. This portable goal system is ideal for the backyard, parks and playgrounds. It sets up in seconds and, if the weather turns inclement, quickly folds down into an oval with a carrying bag for transport. No messing about with a multi-piece system, just break down and run for cover.
For the days when you are working on your game by yourself, Goal Sport source has the perfect solution, a rebounding soccer goal. These rebounding soccer goals measure six feet by eight feet are made with elastic webbing for proper ball return. This net is easy to set up and will fold flat for easy transport and storage. This system does weigh fifty-eight pounds so an adult may be needed to help with set up and moving
For the serious player, the Samba Match Standard Sixteen Feet by Seven Feet Professional Soccer Goal Net is the gold standard. These are the soccer goals that are used by Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United. These nets weigh eighty-five pounds, are extremely durable and can be left outdoors in all kinds of weather. For the off season, it can be easy taken down and stored in the carry bag.
Whether you kick around a ball for fun or have higher aspirations, a proper goal and practice system will improve your game.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament is rapidly approaching, and the entire world is eagerly anticipating the most exciting sporting event on earth. For the first time in the tournament’s history, it will be held on the continent of Africa, in the nation of South Africa. The tournament kicks off June 11, 2010 with hosts South Africa playing Mexico. The 64 matches will take place over a month with the final being held July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg.
The main soccer equipment featured at the World Cup will be the soccer jerseys sported by the 32 nations, and the actual soccer ball used during the games.
The official soccer ball of the 2010 World Cup is called the Adidas Jabulani. Jabulani means “to celebrate” in the Zulu language. Zulu is one of the eleven languages spoken in South Africa, and this ball has eleven different colors to celebrate those eleven languages, the eleven distinct communities in South Africa and the fact that this is the eleventh World Cup that Adidas has designed the official ball for. This ball will be featured in the first 63 matches of the tournament.
Adidas also designed a separate ball that will only be used at the actual final match on July 11th, and that ball is called the Adidas Jo’bulani. This is a tribute to the city of Johannesburg (or Jo’burg as it is often called), where the final match will be played. The coloring is largely gold, which honors the golden World Cup trophy given to the winner of the tournament.
Each of the 32 nations will have an official “home” and an official “away” jersey for the tournament. Even though South Africa is the only true home nation, each game has a home and an away team, which explains the necessity of two jerseys. The vast majority of the jerseys are manufactured by three companies: Nike, Adidas, and PUMA, with a few other companies designing the remaining jerseys (notably England’s jerseys are designed by Umbro). If you’re looking to support your favorite nation during the tournament, the best way to do so, other than watching every minute of every game, is to buy their World Cup jersey and wear it proudly!