01.Watch out for dangerous soccer goals this season
With children's soccer season starting up, the ACCC has issued a warning about the dangers of moveable soccer goals.
Globally, 49 people have died from injuries relating to moveable soccer goals. In Australia, there have been seven deaths and multiple serious injuries since over the last 30 years, with many of the incidents affecting children or teens.
“Deaths and injuries associated with moveable soccer goals are caused by blunt force injuries and trauma to the head, neck, chest and limbs when the goalposts fall over,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said.
Luckily, there are some simple steps parents, teachers, coaches and referees can take to protect kids.
If you’re dealing with freestanding goals weighing 28 kilos or more (not the lightweight plastic kind), make sure they are anchored down, checked properly before play and stored away safely afterwards. It takes 200 kilos to secure the goalposts properly, which equals:
- 10 stakes
- 12 bags of sand, or
- 10 bags of cement mix.
For more information on how to secure soccer posts correctly see the ACCC’s video with Melbourne Victory player Adrian Leijer. You can also read the stability checklist.