The FA have published a document which gives guidance on the purchase and use of goal posts. This document was produced to help prevent fatal accidents which have occurred with the misuse of goal posts. The document was used to produce two new British Standards BS 8462:2005 BS 8461:2005 copies of these standards can be purchased from www.bsonline.bsi-global.com. These standards now cover all goals apart from Full Sized which is covered by BSEN748.
The main points from the standards are listed below.Only Purchase goals from a manufacturer that has products which conform to the latest British and European standards (BSEN748 or BS 8462:2005)
Manufacturers should be able to supply test certificates if needed.
No home-made or modified goals should be used; most deaths from accidents have involved home made or modified goals.
Wooden goals should not be used and do not meet the European Standard.
Regular maintenance and inspections should be carried out and records kept enabling the correction of faults found during inspection. Copies of a sample log book and inspection sheet can be downloaded from www.markharrod.com
Socketed goal posts should always be concreted in.
Freestanding goals should be anchored at all times, the most reliable methods of stabilising freestanding goals are:
A. Attaching the back bar to permanent fixing points for instance, eyebolts, stainless steel loops set in concrete blocks, or suitable attachments on a permanent fence.
B. Using the correct number of weights attached to the back bar or as part of the goal frame.
C. Self weighted goals which include an anchor as part of the goal and do not need separate anchors
Other anchors e.g. U Pegs should only be used if you have evidence that they are effective under the worst ground conditions.
To download a copy of our goalpost safety leaflet, click here. (PDF file 672Kb)
Mark Harrod has 30 years experience as a manufacturer and supplier of sports equipment and is a leading expert in the field of goal post safety.