Most goal post related injuries in youth soccer happen when a child or adult climbs on or hangs from the crossbar of an unsecured, unattended or improperly anchored goal, causing the goal to tip over. Even something as simple as a gust of wind can topple an unsecured goal.
To help avoid these incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges customers, school officials, soccer coaches, players and organizers to follow these seven safety guidelines:
1. Securely anchor and counter-weight portable goals at all times.
2. Never climb on the net or goal framework.
3. Remove nets and put away goals when not in use.
4. When storing, tip unused goals onto their goal face or chain them face-to-face. You can also chain unused goals to nearby fence posts or other sturdy fixtures.
5. Check all connecting hardware before every use. Replace damaged or missing fasteners immediately.
6. Use warning labels and make sure they’re clearly visible.
7. Fully disassemble goals for off-season storage.
For more information, check out the Goal Safety Checklist and Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Guide to Goalpost Safety.