Goal structures

POLICY: Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to move goals or be nearby when goals are being moved. All goal movement and placement must be done by adults.

POLICY: Goals must be anchored or games shall not be played. 

  • FIFA’s Laws of the Game, Law 1: “Safety. Goals must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement.”
  • USSF’s Advice to Referees, Section 1.3: “Goals. The goals must be securely anchored to the ground. For safety reasons, if the goals are not securely anchored to the ground, the match shall not be played.”

From the AYSO Safe Haven Certification Manual for 2010-2011, pg 29:
Goalpost Safety
The number one safety concern in soccer is the safety of goalposts. Movable soccer goals can tip over causing injury or death. This typical tip-over incident can happen when a child or young adult climbs on or hangs from the crossbar of a soccer goal which was left unattended or improperly anchored. The heavy goal tips over and injures the individual, sometimes causing death. Even a gust of wind can topple an unanchored goal.

To help avoid these incidents, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers, school officials, soccer coaches, players, and organizers to follow these safety guidelines:
  • Securely anchor or counterweight portable goals at all times.
  • Check all connecting hardware before each use. Replace damaged or missing fasteners immediately.
  • Ensure safety labels are clearly visible.
  • Never allow anyone to climb on the net or goal framework.
  • Remove nets when goals are not in use.
  • Tip unused goals onto their goal face, or chain goals to nearby fence posts,dugouts, or any other similar sturdy fixture.
  • Fully disassemble goals for seasonal storage.

Where to place goals