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Soccer goals (moveable)

Moveable soccer goals
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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.

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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:

  • instability
  • goals becoming unanchored
  • goals with inadequate anchoring
  • inappropriate or ineffective installation
  • inappropriate use, such as swinging on goalposts or cross bars.

Mandatory standard

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.

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Under the ACL supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
  • in relation to services - provide, grant of confer. 

This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying moveable soccer goals, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

The mandatory standard for moveable soccer goals applies from 31 December 2010.

Complying with the mandatory standard

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for moveable soccer goals, you must read:

Supplying moveable soccer goals that do not meet requirements of mandatory standards can make you liable for product recalls and fines. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.

Some key requirements

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.

Anchor points

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.


A moveable soccer goal must not fall over or fail to return to its original position when subject to the following testing procedure:

  • Install the goal according to the manufacturer’s instructions on a horizontal surface using the recommended minimum ground anchors.
  • Apply a pull force of 1100 N to the centre of the crossbar for no less than 60 seconds in a direction that is horizontal, perpendicular to the crossbar, heading outwards from the goal opening.
  • Determine whether the unit falls over or fails to return to its original position.


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.

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