Health and Safety Instructions

Note:��  Risk Assessment forms on request

First Aid Make sure that:

  • There is a qualified first aider
  • There is a suitable first aid kit
  • There is an emergency telephone
  • You know where you are playing (the exact location address of the venue)
Risk Assessment Carry out a risk assessment of the venues you use.
Goal Posts Follow F.A. goal post safety guidelines (these are provided below)
Training Venue
  • Is it safe?
  • Are there any obstacles?
  • Is it accessible?
Playing Venue Check:

  • The pitch
  • The goal posts
  • That the corner flags follow the laws of the game
  • The changing rooms
  • Are the balls safe (i.e. no splits)?
  • Are all players wearing shin guards?
  • No equipment has sharp edges protruding
Warm Up/Warm Down
  • Always do a warm up before activity
  • Always do a warm down after activity


Goalpost Safety ~ 4 Golden Rules

CHECK IT Make sure your goalposts are in good condition and properly constructed. Homemade goalposts should NOT be used – they do not have in-built safety features and may be particularly hazardous for younger players.
SECURE IT Goalposts of any size must be anchored securely to the ground. Portable goalposts must be pinned or weighted down to prevent them from toppling forward. Portable goals should be removed from the pitch when not in use, and stored securely.
TEST IT Before use, adults should test the goalposts to make sure they are stable by exerting a downward force on both upright posts and forward force on both upright posts.
RESPECT IT Respect your equipment. Goalposts are not designed for gymnastic displays. So don’t swing on the crossbar. This is how one seven year old was killed recently.

Goalpost Safety Guidelines

  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 securely to the ground.
    • Portable goals must be secured by the use of chain anchors or appropriate anchor weights to prevent them toppling forward.
    • It is essential that under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb, 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 topple forwards.
    • Regular inspections of goalposts must be carried out to check that they are kept properly maintained.
  2. Portable goalposts should not be left in place after 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 by metal cup hooks. Any metal cup hooks should if possible 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 and construction should not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries.
  5. Guidelines for preventing toppling:
    • Follow Manufacturer’s guidelines when assembling goalposts
    • Before use adults should:
    • Ensure each goal is anchored securely in its place
    • Exert a significant downward force on the cross bar
    • Exert a significant backward force on both upright posts
    • Exert a significant forward force on both upright posts

These must be repeated until it is established that the structure is secure.���������� If not, alternative goals/pitches must be used.