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Soccer Corner Flags

In 1980, while playing for West Ham, Frank Lampard Sr celebrated his goal against Everton by grabbing the soccer corner flag and running around it. In 1990, Roger Milla did his iconic dance at the World Cup in Italy, around the same time Lee Shape patented the Sharpy Shuffle. In 2009, after scoring for Chelsea against Everton, Frank Lampard Jr grabbed the corner flag and ran around it in celebration. Cahill boxed with it, Drogba played it like a guitar, and Dries Mertens raised his leg in a dog-like fashion at it. The soccer corner flags have been part of many iconic goal-celebrations. But, surprisingly, they are also used for marking the corners of a soccer pitch.

Soccer Corner Flags Review

Here you will find my list of some of the best corner flags on the market. I have included a short review for each of them, which should help you gauging their strengths and weaknesses.

Crown Sporting Goods 4 Pack

5stars
Crown Sporting Goods 4 Pack Collapsible

Crown Sporting Goods is not a company you will hear about very often. But if you need a set of easily portable, collapsible, and affordable soccer corner flags for turf, they are an excellent choice. Flagpoles are made of four interconnected parts that easily slot together to make a regulation height 60 inches flags. They are secured in the ground with a sturdy 7 inches spike. This spike is a bit offset to the pole, which to the inexperienced eye, can look like a manufacturing defect. But this is actually a handy feature.

If you are wearing the firm ground cleats, you can push it with your heel into the ground. The pole is connected to the base with a heavy-duty spring, which is an excellent way to absorb the force of any stray balls. It comes in a sturdy carry bag, which is always a necessity for any portable sporting equipment. The only issue I, and other buyers, had with these is the quality of bungee cords used for keeping parts together. They can easily break.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy carry bag
  • Portable

Cons

  • Bungee cords are not very sturdy

AGORA Pro Line Corner Flags

5stars
Agora Pro Line set of 4

While the Crown Sporting Goods’ offering comes as a white pole with a red triangular flag, AGORA’s Pro Line features a more official-looking neon green color. They are the regulation size of 60 inches and are made of sturdy PVC plastic poles with 1.5 inches diameter. As opposed to CSG’s soccer corner flag, these have a central base. The spring is hidden in the pole, which gives a much sleeker look. And the base is just wide enough that you can kind of use your foot to drive it into the hard ground.

But most often, you will not need to. With spring located in the pole, it will not wobble too much when pushed downward. But pushing into a very firm ground still might be a challenge. They are not collapsible but come with a decent carry bag, which makes them portable. If you plan to transport them, keep in mind that they are 67 inches long, because of the spikes.

Pros

  • Highly visible pole color
  • Very sturdy

Cons

  • Not easiest to place in hard ground

Champro Deluxe Side Line

5stars
Champro Deluxe Side Line

This is a product very similar to Crown Sporting Goods’, with one crucial difference. Champro’s are not collapsible poles. With the peg being offset on the base, you can also easily drive it into the ground with the heel of your boots. They are also the regulation size 60 inches tall and come with red flags and a carry bag. As the corner flags go, these are also a very affordable option. Considering their price, you might be very pleasantly surprised by their sturdiness and durability.

The only thing I can find them as a flaw is the color of the flags. But that is a personal preference. Fortunately, they come easily off, and you can replace them with custom ones. These are also springloaded poles, and the spike, base, and spring are made of galvanized steel, promising durability. A nice feature of the spike is that they have plastic tips. It can make it a bit harder to put into the ground, but significantly extend the life of the carry bag.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Spikes have protective plastic caps

Cons

  • Not easiest to place in hard ground

Kwik Goal Obstacle Markers

5stars
Kwik Goal Obstacle Markers

Kwik Goal markets these as “obstacle course markers” because they do not conform to regulation for the thickness of the poles. They are just a half-inch thick. But do not make a mistake and think that they are flimsy. They are actually very sturdy. While soccer corner flags are most often made of PVC pipes, these are made of polycarbonate plastic. While you can use them as soccer training flags, there are only four of them, and they serve the purpose of corner flags exceptionally.

They have a helpful 8-inch stake, which makes them very stable in the ground. But the round base is only 2 inches wide and doesn’t have an offset foothold. This makes them a bit of a challenge driving in the hard ground, as the spring at the base and poles themselves wobble. Another issue I have with these is that they do not come with a carry bag, which is sold separately. But fortunately, they weigh just 5 pounds, which makes them the lightest of all the flags on this list.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No carry bag
  • Not easy to place in hard ground

FORZA Spring-Loaded

5stars
FORZA Spring-Loaded Professional

FORZA is a brand that spells quality and nothing else you can expect from these soccer corner flags. They come with white poles measuring 60 inches long and one-inch diameter, which makes them the regulation size poles. They are made of high quality and high durability PVC plastic and will last you for years. Flags are made of decently durable nylon cloth, though personally, I don’t like their color. Fortunately, they can be easily replaced, and they have one nice feature. Bottoms of the flags are secured to the pole with simple plastic clips. Simple solution, but one that very efficiently makes flags wind resistant.

They require a bit of force to be taken off, but they are sturdy enough for repeated use. Flags also feature two cloth strings, which can hold it on the pole even when you lose the clips. Simple as previous products, these also have spikes for inserting into the ground, though it’s centered and without a foothold. But, separately, you can purchase a weighted base for the use on the artificial turf or concrete.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Separately available turf base

Cons

  • Not easy to place in hard ground

FORZA Regulation 

5stars
UEFA Regulation Pro Gameday

Another FORZA product on my list only speaks about the quality of their products. And these soccer flag poles are top of the line. By any characteristic, they are for all intents and purposes the same as flag poles you can see being used on professional stadiums around Europe. They are fully regulation size, 60 by 2 inches, and come with a very sturdy canvas carry bag. While other corner flags were intended to be put into the ground with steel rods, these have a different method of keeping them upright.

They come with plastic sockets that are designed to be permanently kept in the ground. These sockets are more than a foot long and provide an extremely stable base. But nothing else would you expect from a product that is intended for professional use. If you don’t have means or need to put the bases in the ground, they could be a flaw for you. They are also springloaded, and the springs are the sturdiest ones I’ve ever seen on flag poles. Also, they are a bit pricey products.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable
  • High quality
  • Permanent base

Cons

  • Price
  • Permanent base

Champion Sports 

5stars
Champion Sports Indoor and Outdoor

While all previous were intended to be placed in the ground, this corner flag is not. It comes with a base that makes them perfect for use on surfaces you might not want or be able to drive a steel spike in. This is a very interesting and useful concept, though it makes them unusable for official matches. For practices and recreational play, they serve their purpose more than well enough. They are the regulation 60 inches height, and one inch thick.

They are springloaded, which makes them resilient to any stray hits. The base is hollow and should be filled with sand, which is not provided with them. This base makes them very versatile. And if you need corner flags for artificial turf, they are an excellent product, as they come ready for use and at a reasonable price. Other soccer corner flags that come with a base are much less sturdy than these, which makes them unusable. But due to the nature of the base, they are not the most stable ones.

Pros

  • Versatility
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not the most stable

How to Choose the Best Soccer Corner Flags

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When buying soccer corner flags, you can’t just get yourself any old pole with a flag. They serve certain purposes in a certain setting, and you should be aware of certain features they may or may not have when choosing the best ones for yourself.

Sturdiness

Sturdiness is a thing that can make or break corner flags, pardon the pun. The best flag poles are always made out of two parts. A sturdy synthetic pole that is very rigid, and a spring at its base which gives flex and resilience to impacts. A soccer flag pole needs to stand straight during its life, and this solution is the best for providing the resilience to impacts and to keep them true.

Mounting method

Most of the corner flags available for the purchase are intended to be driven into the ground. This makes them very portable and able to carry them where ever you want. But this also makes them not usable in all types of fields, only on the natural turf. For the artificial turfs, you do have the available options. But they are not as simple to use. One is the use of weighted bases. The other is using the permanent in-ground sockets.

FAQs

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  • What are soccer corner flags used for?

Just as their names say, they are flags used to mark the corners of the soccer pitch, as regulated by the Laws of the Game.

  • Who can use soccer corner flags?

If you need to mark the corner of a soccer pitch, you should use them. Whether you are a coach of a high school team or professional groundsman, your pitch is not complete without flags.

Conclusion

Soccer corner flags are the inseparable part of a football pitch as the soccer cleats are. It is impossible to imagine a proper field without four of them marking the corners. If you are in charge of taking care of soccer equipment, as a coach, or a dedicated member of personnel, it is very important to pick the very best for the type of grounds you have. Though they are usually an afterthought, they should be built to last and be able to withstand an occasional hit by a stray ball. If you are still unable to pick the best ones for yourself, my suggestion is one of the two, FORZA models from my list, depending on your ability to install the permanent sockets. Both are excellent products that will serve you for years.

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