The mandatory standard for moveable soccer goals was declared on 1 July 2010 and came into effect on 31 December 2010. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with this mandatory standard.
This mandatory standard applies to moveable soccer goals weighing 28kg and above.
Under the mandatory standard, a moveable soccer goal is any freestanding soccer goal designed to be moved for use in various locations.
Safety concerns about moveable soccer goals have been raised around the world. There have been in excess of 40 deaths and a range of serious injuries worldwide, and at least seven deaths and one paraplegic injury in Australia. Blunt force injuries and trauma to the head, neck, chest and limbs can occur from moveable soccer goals due to:
goals becoming unanchored
goals with inadequate anchoring
inappropriate or ineffective installation
inappropriate use, such as swinging on goalposts or cross bars.
This mandatory standard references the Australian Standard for Playing field equipment - soccer goals, Part 1: Safety aspects, AS 4866.1-2007. The mandatory standard also references modified requirements to reflect the European standard EN 748:2004 for stability and tip-over weight.
AS 4866.1-2007 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up by the mandatory standard. You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.
For complete information about all mandatory requirements for moveable soccer goal posts, we strongly advise that you read Consumer Protection Notice No. 28 of 2010. This information is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this standard.
The requirements noted below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing or inspecting moveable soccer goal posts.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Moveable soccer goals must have:
at least one anchor point at each side of the rear ground bar.
Moveable soccer goals must have the following warning permanently marked clearly and legibly:
“WARNING—ALWAYS ANCHOR GOAL—NEVER CLIMB OR HANG ON CROSSBAR. Unanchored goals can tip over causing serious injury or death.”
The warning labels shall be placed in three positions on the goal:
on the underside of the crossbar
on the outside of both goal upright posts.
The words in the warning must be:
permanently marked clearly and legibly
upper case letters at least 25 millimetres high
lower case letters at least 12.5 millimetres high.
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