Your guide to buying and replacing football equipment
Looking for brand new football equipment for your school or sports centre?
Keen to replace your old, tired equipment in time for the new season, but no idea where to start?
Take your football training facilities to the next level with advice from the experienced team here at Universal Services. We’ve put together a basic football equipment buying guide which will help you choose which equipment and accessories you need to purchase for your training sessions, small-sided game play, or full game play.
Kitting out your pitch: the basics
First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to opt for fixed or portable football goals.
We also offer portable, free-standing steel and aluminium football goals for sites that need more flexibility. For a completely versatile solution that will open up even more opportunities at your school or club, take a look at our combination football/rugby goals.
Our football goals are available with a range of nets, the quality of these varies from amateur to professional to a World Cup standard, junior sizes are also available.
Adult (15+) 11-a-side games require goals that are 24ft (7.3m) and 8ft (2.4m) high. For players under 15 we offer a range of goals that will be a better fit; we stock plenty of these to accommodate your younger end users. Please see our football goal chart for the recommended goal sizes based on age and number of players.
Please note that all adult football goals available from Universal Services have been independently tested to BS EN 748.
Let’s dive into our accessories range, starting with the football itself. We stock the Mitre Impel, easily one of the most popular balls for training purposes. It’s built for exceptional control and features a 30-panel construction to ensure a high performance during even the most intense training sessions. For easy storage and transportation, we would recommend investing in our mesh ball carry bags. Be sure to grab a stirrup pump and needle, which makes light work of inflating large numbers of balls during training.
Our counter-balance weights are perfect for ensuring your goals stay in position at all times if pegging them down is not an option. We also stock the components for crowd control barriers (high upright posts, white plastic chains, and accompanying turf screws).
We also stock a range of goals for all ages or if you want to open up your football facilities to smaller groups, you may want to consider purchasing equipment that supports 5, 7 or 9 a side teams. We supply a great range of smaller and more specialised football goals, all of which can be viewed in our Football section, please see our football goal chart for the recommended goal sizes based on age and number of players.
A must for any facility that’s serious about its football training capabilities, our Crazy Catch upstart double trouble rebound net is a fantastic reaction trainer with two sides: one for more controlled rebounds, and one for more unpredictable returns. It’s an excellent tool for improving your players’ movement and coordination and is regularly used by top Premiership clubs. Training football goals are also a must for target practice.
Please note that all the football equipment mentioned here is suitable for outside use. If you are searching for items for an indoor setup, we also stock a range of indoor football products, including 5-a-side football goals, goal mats, and goal anchorage sets. You’ll also find plenty of futsal equipment on our website, which is suitable for the FIFA-recognised form of small-sided indoor football.