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Instructions for Safe Goal Handling

While the ultimate solution to improving soccer goal safety is to improve the design of soccer goals, the reality is that most goals currently in use are designed and manufactured using metal for the top and side bars. This design makes these movable goals top-heavy and easily tipped. By taking the following steps, we can make great strides in improving the goals currently in use.

  • All movable soccer goals must be anchored firmly in place at all times.
  • There are several ways to secure a soccer goal. The number and type of anchors will depend on several factors including soil type, soil moisture content and total goal weight.
  • Anchor Types:
    • Auger – Helical (spiral) in shape. Screwed into ground. Minimum of two anchors (one on each side of goal) recommended; additional anchors may be required depending on manufacturer’s specifications, weight of the goal and soil conditions.
    • Semi-permanent – Main support requires permanently secured base buried underground.
      • Type One – Connects the underground base to the goal via two tethers.
      • Type Two – Utilizes a buried tube with the bolt passed through the goal ground shoes (bar) and rear ground shoe, screwed into the threaded hole of the buried tube.
    • Peg or Stake – Two to four pegs or stakes, approximately 10 inches long, are used per goal; more for heavier goals. Driven into ground at an angle through available holes in ground shoes and rear ground shoe. Stakes with larger diameters or textured surfaces have greater holding capacity.
    • J-Hook Stake – Similar to the peg/stake style. Used when holes are not predrilled into ground shoes or rear ground shoes.
    • Sandbags/Counterweights – Can be effective alternative on hard surfaces (i.e., artificial turf). Number of bags or weights will vary and MUST BE adequate for size and weight of goal.
    • Net Pegs – Tapered metal stakes used to secure ONLY the net to the ground. Net pegs should NOT be used to anchor the movable goal.
  • Storing the Goal
    • Remove the net.
    • Secure the goal. Suggestions include:
      • Place goal frames face to face and secure at goalpost with lock and chain.
      • Lock and chain to suitable fixed structure (i.e. permanent fence).
      • Lock unused goals in a secure storage room.
      • Fully disassemble goals for seasonal storage.
      • Fold the face of the goal down and lock it to its base.

For more in-depth information, including diagrams, visit: 
www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/soccer.pdf

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