Goalpost Safety Guidelines
The Football Association, along with the Department of
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 use of
goalposts. Too many serious injuries and fatalities have
occurred in recent years as a result of unsafe or incorrect
use of goalposts. Safety is always of paramount importance
and everyone in football must play their part to prevent
similar incidents occurring in the future.
1. For safety reasons goalposts of any size (including those
which are portable and not installed permanently at a pitch
or practice field) must always be anchored to the ground.
• Portable goalposts must be secured by the use of chain
anchors or appropriate anchor weights to prevent
them from toppling forward.
• It is essential that under no circumstances should children
or adults be allowed to climbed, swing on or play
with the structures of the goalposts.
• Particular attention is drawn to the fact that if not
properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may
• Regular inspections of goalposts should be carried out
to check that they are kept properly maintained.
2. Portable goalposts should not be left in use. They should
be dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage.
3. It is strongly recommended that nets should only be secured
by plastic hooks or tape and not be metal cup hooks. Any
metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalposts
should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks
which cannot be replaced.
4. Goalposts, which are “home made” or which, have been
altered from their original size or construction should
not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths
5. Guidelines to prevent toppling
• Follow manufacturing guide-lines in assembling goalposts
• Before use, adults should:
• Ensure each goal is anchored securely in its place.
• Exert a significant downward force on the crossbar.
• Exert a significant backward force on both upright posts.
• Exert a significant forward force on both upright posts.
These must be repeated unit it is established that the structure
is secure, if not alternative goals/pitches must be used.
For reference you should note that the FA and BSI have developed
a standard for future purchases (PAS 36:2000) available
from BSI. IT is hoped this will be developed into a full
British Standard in due course.
REMEMBER TO USE ALL EQUIPMENT NOT JUST GOALPOSTS, SAFELY
AT ALL TIMES.