Anchor, Check, Respect: The game plan for moveable soccer goal safety
Unsafe football goals can kill. We've partnered with Football Federation Australia for a national safety initiative helping to prevent deaths and serious injuries to kids and teenagers – and make football a safe activity for everyone involved.
Are you a football coach, parent, teacher or kids' football volunteer?
Do you work at a school, football club or sports club?
Are you part of a football association, children’s sporting association or local council?
Death and serious injury can happen if moveable football goals are installed incorrectly or when they are used inappropriately. Unfortunately, the victims are often young kids and teenagers. There have been more than 40 deaths and a range of serious injuries worldwide, and at least seven deaths and one incident resulting in the person becoming paraplegic in Australia.
You can help make moveable football goals safer by following the simple safety steps below.
Specifically, blunt force injuries and trauma to the head, neck, chest and limbs can occur from moveable football goals due to:
- goals becoming unanchored
- goals with inadequate anchoring
- inappropriate or ineffective installation
- inappropriate use, such as swinging on goalposts or cross bars.
Anchor, check, respect – the safety steps
By ensuring that the goal posts are safe, correct and used with respect, they are much less likely to injure.
Anchor moveable football goalposts securely into the ground. It takes 200 kilograms to properly anchor a full size portable football goalpost, which equals:
- 10 stakes
- 12 bags of sand, or
- 10 bags of cement mix.
Check that your moveable football goal is anchored correctly:
- ensure there are no children around the goalpost
- shake the goalpost using both hands and push it from behind
- if the goal post falls, don’t use it until it has been properly secured.
Before every game or training session, test that the moveable football goal is properly secured and safe to use.
Don’t use if it’s not safe.
- Ensure that no one climbs, swings or plays on a moveable goalpost.
- Store the moveable goalposts safely when not in use.
Injury and death cases
Below are death and injury statistics related to moveable football goal posts in Australia and around the world.
- 7 deaths have occurred in Australia since 1986, plus one injury resulting in the person becoming paraplegic.
- 27 known deaths occurred from 1979 to 2003 in the United States as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest, and limbs. In addition, a 10 year old boy died in January 2011.
- 49 injuries were sustained from 1979 to 2003 in the United States as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest, and limbs.
- Around 120 injuries were treated annually from 1989 to 1993 in the United States as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest, and limbs.
- 7 deaths in total have been recorded in the United Kingdom, Malta and Japan.