As concerned administrators, coaches and parents, we want to remind you all of the seriousness of goal safety. As we as a club will visit several fields throughout our area for games, we see an alarming number of unsecured or poorly secured soccer goals. All the time.
From 1998-2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received reports of at least eight deaths and an estimated 2,000 emergency room visits by children under 16 years of age that were related to soccer goal tip-overs and structural failures. According to Anchored for Safety, a nonprofit initiative for promoting soccer goal safety awareness, five soccer goal-related deaths have occurred in the past two years.
According to US Youth Soccer, unanchored or improperly secured soccer goals account for seven of the top twenty insurance claims, nationally, in youth soccer. Three were fatalities and four resulted in injury to the players. The personal impact on players, families, teams and clubs is devastating. The combined financial losses amount to over $5 million, not including additional time or expense to defend the organizations. Playing on school or municipal fields does not absolve your organization of the responsibility or liability.
Coaches & Parents of all Players should BEFORE EVERY PRACTICE, TRAINING ACTIVITY, AND GAME:
(1) Inspect: All goal posts and nets for safety, that they are properly anchored and secured.
(2) Inspect: The field and areas around the field that are being used for any sharp objects, broken glass or debris that could cause injury.
Goal Safety Policy Statement
As advocates for the healthy development of children, we need to be concerned with the soccer goal post safety.
SOCCER GOAL INJURIES AND DEATHS
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most soccer goal post related deaths and injuries involved either unsecured or homemade goals. Injuries frequently occurred during horseplay such as climbing on the goal or attempting to do chin-ups, thereby tipping the goal over. All goals, whether homemade or manufactured, should be properly secured to the ground to avoid injuries or deaths associated with tip-over.
ANCHORING SOCCER GOALS
There are several different ways to properly anchor soccer goals. The number and type of anchors used will depend on factors such as soil type and goal weight. Anchor types include:
- SSAP Soccer Complex uses Auger-style anchors that are screwed into the ground
- For smaller goals SSAP utilizes peg, stake or j-hook style anchors that are driven into the ground on all the 4×6 and smaller goals.
- When a goal post is not in use during the playing season SSAP will remove the net of the goal not in use and place the goal outside of the playing area and away from any field to discourage the use of the goals while not in use.
- When applicable SSAP will place goals frames not in use face to face.
- All unused portable goals are secured in a storage room after each use at the SSAP Soccer Complex.
COACHING, PARENT, & PLAYER SAFETY TIPS
It is suggested that soccer coaches, officials, parents and players follow these safety guidelines:
- Securely anchor or counter-weight portable goals at all times.
- Store movable soccer goals in a place where children can not access them.
- Never climb on the net or goal framework.
- Remove nets when goals are not in use.
- Check all connecting hardware before every use and replace damaged or missing anchors immediately.
- Ensure safety/warning labels are clearly visible.
- Fully disassemble goals for seasonal storage.
- Always exercise extreme caution when moving goals and allow adequate manpower to move goals of varied sizes and weights. Movable soccer goals should only be moved by authorized adults.
- Movable soccer goals should only be used on level (flat) fields
- Instruct players to avoid unsafe use of goals.