GOAL POST SAFETY
Metal Cup Hooks are still prevalent in the game despite being deemed unsafe and the British Standards Institute (BSi) stating they must not be used on goals structures. The use of metal cup hooks on goals has been banned since 2007/08 and match officials are instructed not to commence matches where such net fixings are evident for safety reasons. New goalposts should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks.
The metal cup hook can cause severe lacerations to various parts of the body if entrapped. Sadly, The FA has witnessed fingers either being lost or stripped to the bone or lower limb injuries. This has either happened during or before a game when nets are being fitted to the goal or a player defends or attacks a corner, or goalkeeper makes a high save near the crossbar.
THE FA ADVICE
Clubs, Leagues and County FAs have been advised that different types of net fixings should be used, such as plastic arrow heads, plastic grips (if used properly), tape, or in some cases Velcro. More modern goals have channels inserted at the rear of the post or crossbar to keep the net attached. The quick option where metal cup hooks are evident is for these to be removed using an angle grinder by an appropriately trained individual several clubs or providers have performed this task already this season, ensuring the surface is then rubbed down to clear any sharp areas.
For advice on organisations that may fund new or replacement goal posts contact Mike Gilham, County Development Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTNERSHIP WITH MH GOALS
Surrey FA in partnership with MH Goals are pleased to offer discounted prices on new goalposts. This offer is open to Local Authorities, affiliated Schools and Clubs in Surrey.
Please click here to view the discounted prices for 2016/17 or download this from the bottom of the page.
Goalpost safety is key as we go into the forthcoming seasons.