Soccer Goal Safety Update
There has been some important recent activity on new soccer goal safety legislation in several states that merits your review. The state of Wisconsin and, just in the past weeks, the state of Arkansas has passed legislation mandating the anchoring of all soccer goals as outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety. US Youth Soccer has also learned that there are discussions on similar goal legislation being had at the state government level in both Illinois and New York.
The passing of the Arkansas legislation comes on the heels of a tragic goal tip-over death this past January in which a nine year old boy, Jonathan Brian Nelson, was killed when an unanchored, alleged homemade style goal fell on him while playing at his elementary school in Bentonville, Arkansas.
US Youth Soccer's Official Goal and Field Equipment Supplier, Kwik Goal, has been a leader in goal safety education for thirty years and is a great resource for any club or team looking for guidance in this realm. Check out www.kwikgoal.com/safetyfirst for a pre-match soccer goal checklist and for other goal safety related information. If you would like to speak to someone at Kwik Goal regarding any goal anchoring questions you might have or if you would like free goal safety stickers, please call (800) 531-4252.
We will continue to update you on any new, related developments. If you hear of any legislative activity happening in your state, please don't hesitate to contact the National Office to help us remain informed at (800) 476-2237.