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Soccer Goal Safety

At Keeper Goals we take goal safety seriously. According to the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission, "There are approximately 225,000 to 500,000 soccer goals in the United States. Many of these soccer goals are unsafe because they are unstable and are either unanchored or not properly anchored or counter-balanced. These movable soccer goals pose an unnecessary risk of tipover to children who climb on goals (or nets) or hang from the crossbar."*


Misuse of soccer goals has resulted in serious injury and death. Most injuries occur when there is no adult supervision. Wind, sloped surfaces and people hanging from the goal can all tip a soccer goal. Any freestanding goal that is not cemented into the ground can be tipped over if enough people hang from the goal. We believe education is the key component to ensuring that the field you are playing on is safe.


Warning labels are always available for all goals. Contact us at 800-594-5126 or if you need replacement warning labels. Replacement labels free of charge for our existing customers - Nominal charge if the labels will go on goals other than Keeper Goals.

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Goal Safety Requirements

Soccer goal safety rules vary from area to area. ASTM guidelines state all movable soccer goals must be anchored or secured at all times.


For More Information On Goal Safety:

U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission Document 326

U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission Document 5118

Purchase information for ASTM Document F2056-00, Standard Safety and Performance Specifications For Soccer Goals

Southern Soccer Scene Article


Soccer Goal Safety Recommendations:

This is a partial list of recommendations. Click here for a complete list >

Player Shelter Safety Recommendations:

Anchor or Secure Player Shelters

Because of wind, all shelters must be secured to the ground by anchors, chain stakes or duckbills; or they need to be bolted to a concrete base. Tell us how you will use your shelter and we can help you with your options for securing your shelters.

How the goals or shelters will be used, and the condition of the soil, will determine how goal anchors should be chosen. Please call us with any questions you have about choosing stakes and anchors or about goal safety.


What makes soccer goals by Keeper Goals safe?

Many of the soccer goals manufactured by Keeper Goals Meets ASTM safety and performance specs when secured.


Many of the movable soccer goals we manufactured in our factory in Butler, WI, have a backbar to counterbalance the weight of the goal.


Though many soccer goals look the same they are not all created equal. At Keeper Goals, we use high-performance materials that are stronger and thicker than those used by most of our competitors – the result: our goals can sustain more abuse, without deforming like those goals made out of less expensive materials.


Keeper Goals recommends duckbill anchors for all movable soccer goals.  Learn more >


What about artificial turf?

If possible, the anchoring system should be installed before the final surface is in place, (sleeves for our P-Series Goals or our S80 Stadium Cup Goals or a duckbill system with a plastic cap are the most commonly used anchors for artificial turf). If that is not possible, please check with the artificial turf company to see how cutting would affect the turf and any accompanying warranties. If necessary, sand bags and steel anchor weights may be used, but are not ideal; it is too easy for these items to be removed. If goals are not anchored, goals should be chained face to face or chained to a fence when not in use.


Warning labels are always available for all goals. Call or email us if you need replacement warning labels. (more info.)


*U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission Report on Soccer Goal Guidelines, Jan., 1995.

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