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Goalpost Safety Guidelines.


1. For safety reasons, goalposts of any size (including those which are portable and not installed permanently at a pitch or practice ground) must always be anchored securely.

Portable goalposts must be secured by the use of chain anchors or appropriate anchor weights or heavy duty pegs, to prevent them from toppling over

It is essential, that under no circumstances, should children or adults be allowed to climb, swing on or play with the structures of the goalposts.

Particular attention should be drawn to the fact, that if not properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may topple over.

Regular inspection of goalposts should be carried out, to check that they are kept properly maintained.

2. Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage.

3. It is strongly recommended that nets should be secured by plastic hooks or tape, and should not be secured by metal cup hooks. Any metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalposts should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks which cannot be replaced.

4. Goalposts which are "Home made", or which have been altered from their original size or construction, should not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries.

5. Guidelines to prevent toppling:

Ensure each goal is anchored securely in its place.

Exert a significant downward force on the crossbar.

Exert a significant forward force on both the uprights.

Exert a significant backward force on both the uprights.

Repeat these guidelines until it is established that the structure is secure. If not, alternative goalposts/pitches should be used.

Remember, these guidelines are only for goalposts, but due care and attention should be given to all forms of equipment used.