It’s a Goaaal!!!

In our house of boys they talk football, play football, and the 26 year old even does it for his job.

With this, and living between the football mad cities of Liverpool and Manchester, I was destined to have a pitch instead of a lawn, but little did I know just how much football would be played on it.

I don’t mind our boy and his friends playing in the garden but they can kick a ball quite far and it often ends up in the neighbours garden, which is a nuisance for them considering they have no young children. What could we do?

I found a solution, Open Goaaal!

 opengoaaal Living in-between Liverpool and Manchester I was destined to have a pitch instead of a lawn. 

This is a goal net with a difference, a background net of 10ft high with the goal set in the centre.  A net far higher than our fence, just what we need.

Lets get started…


We unpacked and laid out the pieces ready, then read the instructions. Watching the online instruction video was a real asset too.

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You need to take your time, two people and a couple of hours ensures a sturdy construction.


And before we knew it….



 The weather had been awful the week we were trying to erect the goal, but the boys made the most of it.

Here are some updated action shots now the weather is better. The Goal has been up all winter and is very sturdy.


Thanks for our Open Goaaal it’s an asset in our garden, roll on summer and our usual football tournament.

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  1. sixdegreesofharmony
    May 19, 2015 / 18:59

    Oooh I LOVE this idea. It’s such a simple idea but clearly so effective x

  2. May 10, 2015 / 10:35

    That is a brilliant idea! I wish our new neighbours next door would get one, they keep disturbing the dog napping with their balls ha! X

    • Nortonmum
      May 10, 2015 / 16:14

      Haha, Lisa next door’s dog eats our footballs! They always bring us a new one.x

  3. Tracey Williams
    May 4, 2015 / 18:25

    Like everyone has said this is such a simple but effective idea. I love the fact you can hardly see the higher part of the net. Hats off to the fantastic invention from no doubt a football loving dad x

    • Nortonmum
      May 4, 2015 / 20:44

      You’re right it was a dad, harassed one prob, haha. x

  4. Coombe Mill
    November 20, 2014 / 13:27

    What a great idea, I’m surprised no one’s done this before, I’m sure this would be great for any footy loving family who live in close proximity with neighbours. #Tried&Tested

    • Nortonmum
      November 20, 2014 / 14:03

      Fiona I think it’s an idea thought of, and made by a Dad, needs must. : )

  5. Coombe Mill
    November 20, 2014 / 13:26

    What a great idea, I’m surprised no one’s done this before, I’m sure this would be great for any footy loving family who live in close proximity with neighbours.

  6. November 19, 2014 / 17:14

    This is the second review I’ve seen of this and I just want one more now. So fed up of balls going over fences and shuttlecocks too. This is brilliant!

    • Nortonmum
      November 19, 2014 / 18:06

      I think our neighbours are as happy as us, haha.

  7. Kerrie McGiveron
    November 18, 2014 / 21:12

    This looks great. I am sure my kids (and hubby!) would love something like this *gets ideas* … 🙂 x

  8. November 18, 2014 / 16:04

    this looks great, I can see something like this being popular in our house once Baby M is a bit older

  9. November 18, 2014 / 12:04

    These look fantastic! My friend has actually got one for her son and said it is very handy!

    • Nortonmum
      November 18, 2014 / 12:24

      It is,We’ve just had a new fence put in so hopefully will protect that too.

  10. Kate @ Family Fever
    November 18, 2014 / 10:44

    This is such a clever idea, we could really do with this in our garden! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  11. rachelreallife
    November 15, 2014 / 17:17

    We really could have done with one of these when I was growing up. Like you we had neighbours who didn’t have children and my brother and his friends were always kicking the ball over into their garden!

    • Nortonmum
      November 15, 2014 / 18:52

      Our neighbours have their lounge at the back too, balls flying past the window : )

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