For years US Youth Soccer, North Carolina Youth Soccer and RVYSA have promoted goal safety and education. Annually, RVYSA announces the importance of goal safety to its coaches and membership.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated: Inappropriate use or activity around a soccer goal can result in serious injury including death. If you observe any child inappropriately using a soccer goal or net, immediately and politely ask the child to stop! If the activity continues, please notify a coach or referee as soon as possible. Players violating this rule may be forced to sit out, at the coach’s discretion. Finally, if you see any soccer goal that is not anchored down or otherwise secure, please contact the RVYSA as soon as possible and let them know.

RVYSA Goal Safety Policy

RVYSA is now putting into place a Club Policy effective Apr 1, 2016.

  • RVYSA will review goal safety with its membership at least, but not limited to, twice a year.
    • Before the Fall Season
    • Before the Spring Season
  • RVVYSA provides the following policy to inform and instruct anyone involved with soccer goals of the potential dangers posed by soccer goals and ways to ensure safe operation around goals. The use of the term “goals” in this document refers to metal framed soccer goals, typically with dimensions ranging from 6 x 18 feet to 8 x 24 feet. Such goals may be anchored in place in the ground or they may be moveable. This policy excludes small “pop-up” goals like PUGG goals usually 4 to 6 feet wide flexible frame goal[s].
  • RVYSA does also use a small number of plastic framed portable goals that are 4 feet and 6 feet wide. These goals are deemed safer than larger, metal framed goals, but much of the information that follows still should apply to these goals.

Notice to plaers, parents, coaches and spectators

One of RVYSA’S PRIMARY OBJECTIVES IS THAT CHILDREN HAVE SAFE RECREATIONAL AREAS. To that end, soccer goals should remain securely anchored to the ground and nets firmly attached to the goals.

In an effort to keep the goals and nets secure and children safe, you are to advise your children/soccer players and any other person accompanying you for whom you are responsible that the following is strictly prohibited:

  • THE FOLLOWING IS strictly prohibited
    • All players are, INCLUDING U19s, PROHIBITED FROM MOVING GOALS.
    • Using the soccer goal for any reason other than its intended use to include but not limited to playing on/or hanging on any part of the soccer goal and/or nets.

    Goal Movement Policy

    RVYSA players and other children should not move or be involved in moving soccer goals. If it is necessary to move a goal, the goal should be moved only by adults under proper supervision, keeping all players and children out of the area in which the goal is being moved. Once moved, all goals used by RVYSA should be anchored or secured in some fashion so that they are less susceptible to tipping over. If goals are not properly anchored please contact RVYSA immediately and under no circumstances should that goal be used until secured.

    Unattended Goals and Goal Storage

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] reports must accidents occurred when the goal was unattended. When goals are not being used, RVYSA, in concert with other agencies responsible for the goals [Parks Department, etc.] should take appropriate steps to secure goals such as:

    • Placing the goal frames face to face and securing them at each goalpost with a lock and chain.
    • Locking and chaining to a suitable fixed structure such as a permanent fence.
    • Locking unused portable goals in a secure storage room after each use and/or dismantle the goal and store it in its appropriate storage bag.
    • Remove the nets.

    Attached, find Goal Safety Tips from the CPSC.