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The start of the 2018 Fifa World Cup is almost here and while soccer might not be the most popular sport in Australia, popularity is rising. This is about the time our nation gets a little obsessed with world game and the Socceroos heading into a World Cup.

This year’s World Cup final will be on artificial grass for the first time in history. Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where the match is to be staged on July 15, is one of six Russia 2018 venues using a “hybrid” pitch made up of real and synthetic grass. The pitches consist of 95 per cent natural turf reinforced with synthetic fibres which are stitched into the ground to a depth of seven inches using a laser?guided system.

While having a world class Fifa World Cup soccer pitch in your backyard is likely not an option, we’ve got a DIY soccer pitch project for any size backyard. Don’t just watch the game, be part of it. Get your kids and friends together for a kick and get into the spirit of the 2018 Fife World Cup. It’s easier than you think, here’s what you should consider.

SIZE

The most important thing is to carefully measure the space you want to convert into a soccer pitch. This will determine the type of work needed and the tools required. You may only have enough space to include one goal, but that’s also great. Depending on the size, you’ll have to scale down the dimensions of the goals and penalty boxes

FENCING

It’s definitely worth consider, especially if there is a great chance of a ball ending up in your living room. If you face the perimeter, you’ll protect both people and your property and will be able to enjoy the game without worrying about causing damage.

SURFACE

You’ve probably seen videos and pics of people playing soccer on almost any imaginable surface, from sand to concrete, but your choice should definitely be grass. The only decision you should make is whether to use natural grass or artificial turf. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. An artificial turf definitely requires less, if any, maintenance, doesn’t need any chemicals, such as pesticides or fertilisers and it also doesn’t turn into mud after rain however, there is a reason many professionals prefer playing on real grass to artificial turf.

GET WHAT YOU NEED

Obviously, once you’ve decided on the size and surface, you have to choose the right equipment and tools for the job. Besides soccer goals and a soccer ball, consider a lawn leveller and lawn roller if you need to even out the playing surface, measuring tape, fertiliser, spray paint, grass, artificial turf tape etc.

PREPARE YOUR YARD

Once you’ve measured the desired size of your pitch and cleared your backyard, it’s time to level the field and make right angles. There are many methods you can apply when doing this, but it’s vital that you do it properly. Otherwise, you’ll find it quite awkward to use the field.

You’ll then need to spray paint your field’s boundaries. If you’re using artificial turf, you don’t have to apply a fresh coat of spray paint each time you mow your lawn, but make sure you do it regularly enough, so that you don’t re-create your right angles every time.

Now that you have your own soccer pitch in your backyard, you can enjoy it any time you want or even invite your friends over for a game or two. When you get tired of soccer, you can use the pitch to entertain your guests or let the kids roam barefoot. So, converting a part of your backyard doesn’t mean that you’ll lose it for some other activities, which is another reason why you should do it.

As for Australian team, the Socceroos, we’ll be cheering you on! Aussie Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

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