Soccer Goal Dangers
A gust of wind…a young player…an uneven playing field…In their current design, only 22 pounds of force can bring a 400-pound goal crashing down, injuring or even killing a player.
THE TRUTH is EVERYONE SHOULD CARE
Coaches, Players, Referees, Parents, or Administrators using a soccer goal for any matches, practices or personal use, should all care about Goal Safety.
The Reality Is:
As of August, 2011 there have been 36 Deaths and 56 Reported injuries from Soccer Goals since 1979. People are LAZY and DON’T Secure soccer goals correctly because they constantly think “IT WON’T HAPPEN HERE”, or they just don’t realize the dangers of a soccer goal. I personally have seen many coaches & parents who have shown up at a soccer field, taken one of the soccer goals which have been laid down, put them upright, and started playing without securing the soccer goal. Then when they start chasing after the ball the child/children have kicked away from the area they are using, the children start playing in the net or trying to jump onto the crossbar to swing on it.
What about the parent who purchases a soccer goal for their back yard? Is it not dangerous because it is in the safety of their home. The answer is NO! Any goal, no matter where it is located is dangerous if not secured correctly.
Have you heard the saying “If I had a Dollar for every time I’ve…”
Mine would finish that sentence with
“…asked a coach or parent to secure a soccer goal or if they have no way of securing the goal, the goal should not be used and to use cones instead.”
I have then discussed the dangers of not securing a soccer goal.
Why is a Soccer Goal Dangerous?
Some soccer goals that are more dangerous than others. A soccer goal WITHOUT a weighted backstay ground bar will topple over easier than a soccer goal WITH a weighted backstay ground bar as there is no additional weight to keep the goal upright. However; please don’t be mistaken that a soccer goal WITH a weighted backstay ground bar cannot topple over, as that is far from true. Given enough weight on the crossbar to outbalance the weight of the backstay ground bar, it WILL topple over if not secured.
Is it a Soccer Goal or a Jungle Gym?
As many times as a parent, coach, or soccer administrator tells and sometimes yells at children to not play in or on a soccer goal; they are children and they will unfortunately continue to do it.
What can YOU do?
Educate your members on the dangers of not securing soccer goals (feel free to use this article on your website).
It takes less than 5 minutes for an individual to get the required ground anchor stakes, hammer, anchor sandbags, etc, to secure a goal. There are many options for everyone to secure soccer goals using the following:
So to repeat the original question; Goal Safety: Who Cares?
Your Answer should now be:
WE CARE; WE NEED TO CHECK THAT ALL OF OUR SOCCER GOALS ARE SECURE AND EDUCATE OUR COACHES AND PARENTS ABOUT GOAL SAFETY!!!