Button Soccer Building Instructions.

    This section describes how to build the game board and goals.
The measurements pertain to the 6-piece version of the game.

    Making right angles is probably the hardest part. I had to use
a transparent ruler with metric calibrations on it, since even the
slightest misalignment is amplified across the playing field.

    You should definitely use a pencil. Only when you're completely
sure you're completely satisfied with the board in its entirety, should
you trace your lines with a (preferably green) permanent marker.

Game Board:
  • Find or saw a 100cm x 60cm piece of (rectangular) white fiberboard.
  • The actual field dimensions will only be 85cm x 51cm, but the extra
    room is needed for throw-ins, corner kicks and crowd drawings.
    I used this diagram for reference, and converted the units.
  • Draw the touch lines using a long ruler. You should definitely use pencil.
    A good way to make sure they'll remain parallel to the board edges (and
    perpendicular to each other) is to draw them in segments. Make sure
    each segment is the same distance from the edge on both its ends.
  • Draw the center line. For the next step, mark its midpoint.
  • Draw the center circle with a compass. The radius measures 8.5cm.
  • Draw the penalty boxes (centered). Dimensions are 15cm x 37.5cm.
  • Draw the immediate goal areas (centered). Dimensions are 5cm x 17cm.
  • Mark the penalty shot points (centered). Distance from goal line is 10cm.
  • Draw the semi-circles outside the penalty boxes with a compass. The
    radius still measures 8.5cm, but the center is at the penalty shot point.
  • Draw the small corner arcs by tracing one fourth of a penny.
    • The penny should be centered at the corner.
  • Goalposts are 12.5cm apart, and centered with respect to field width.
  • For a minimum amount of effort, just mark them with your marker.
  • For a more lifelike representation, use metal wire and nails to hold them:
    • For each goal, get some metal wire, about 2mm thick and 50cm long.
    • Lay out the metal wire on a workbench or a table, and bend it as follows:
      • by 30 degrees, 4cm from either one of the ends
      • by 90 degrees, 4cm from last bend
      • by 90 degrees, 3cm from last bend
      • by 90 degrees (away from the table), 6cm from last bend
      • by 90 degrees (back the same way), 12.5cm from last bend
      • flip over the result so the last segment will rest on the table
      • by 90 degrees, 6cm from last bend
      • by 90 degrees, 3cm from last bend
      • by 30 degrees, 4cm from last bend
      • clip whatever's left over (about 4-5cm)
    • For added structural strength, glue/weld the ends
    • Fill each goal with fabric, or a mosquito net, or dense chicken wire.
    • Each goal is held in place by four nails, two on either side.
      • Clip four nails and hammer them in, in such a way that
        they won't protrude more than 30mm from the board.
      • Squeeze the goal and place it between the nails.

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