Anchor, Check, Respect: The game plan for moveable soccer goal safety
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.
Are you a soccer coach, parent, teacher or kids' soccer volunteer?
Do you work at a school, soccer club or sports club?
Are you part of a soccer association, children’s sporting association or local council?
Identify the type of goalposts on the field – if they’re freestanding and not the lightweight plastic kind, follow the simple steps below to help make them safer to use.
There have been at least 49 deaths and a range of serious injuries worldwide related to moveable soccer goals. In Australia there have been at least seven deaths and one incident resulting in the person becoming paraplegic. Unfortunately, the victims are often young kids and teenagers.
Death and serious injury can happen if moveable soccer goals are installed incorrectly or when they are used inappropriately. Specifically, 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 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.