“Deaths and injuries associated with moveable soccer goals are caused by blunt force injuries and trauma to the head, neck, chest and limbs when the goalposts fall over,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“If you’re a parent, teacher, coach, referee or volunteer involved in kids’ soccer, there are simple steps you can take to help keep kids safe around moveable soccer goalposts – before, during and after games.
“Identify the type of goalposts on the field – if they’re freestanding and not the lightweight plastic kind, you’re dealing with potentially dangerous goals that need to be anchored and checked properly before use and then stored away safely immediately afterwards.
“Incidents can happen during normal game play or from inappropriate use of goalposts outside the game so ensure that nobody swings on the goalposts or plays on them at any time,” Ms Rickard said.
Unsafe soccer 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 soccer a safe activity for everyone involved.
This video shows how to to help prevent deaths and serious injuries to kids and teenagers associated with moveable soccer goals – and make soccer a safe activity for everyone involved. Featuring former Melbourne Victory Captain Adrian Leijer.