For the safety of all concerned the following instructions should be
strictly followed when erecting and dismantling mini-soccer goals at the
London Marathon Playing Fields or other locations.
The Football Association, along with the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Standards
Institution, would like to draw your attention to the following guidelines
for the safe use of goalposts.
1. For safety reasons goalposts of any size (including those which are
portable and not installed permanently at a pitch or Portable goalposts
should not be left in place after use. They should be either dismantled or
removed to a place of secure storage or placed together and suitable
fixings applied to prevent unauthorised use at any time.
· Portable goalposts must be secured as per the manufacturer’s
instructions; this is also a requirement for the Laws of the Game
· Under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb on,
swing or play with the structure of the goalposts
· Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not properly assembled
and secured, portable goalposts may overturn.
· Regular inspections of goalposts must be carried out to check that they
2. Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be
either dismantled or removed to a place of secure storage or placed
together and suitable fixings applied to prevent unauthorised use at any
3. The use of metal cup hooks on any part of a goal frame was banned from
the commencement of season 2007-08 and match officials have been instructed
not to commence matches where such net fixings are evident for safety
reasons. Nets may be secured by plastic fixings; arrow head shaped plastic
hooks or tape and not 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.
4. Goalposts which are “homemade”, or which have been altered from their
original size or construction should not be used under any circumstances as
they potential pose a serious safety risk.
5. There is no BS/CEN standard for wooden goals, and it is unlikely that
wooden goals will pass a load or stability test. All wooden goals
previously tested by independent consultants have failed strength and
stability tests. The FA recommends that wooden goals should be replaced
with compliant metal, aluminium or UPVC goalposts (this was updated in
Funding for the replacement of unsafe goals is available via the Football
Foundation and eligibility criteria and further details can be obtained
from their website at www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
SAFETY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE AND YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO
FOLLOW THE ABOVE PROCEDURES TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS OCCURRING IN THE