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Title: Soccer Goal Safety


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Insert Date of PresentationPresenters Name
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AFS Mission
  • Educate re unsafe soccer goals
  • Parents players
  • Coaches referees
  • Associations
  • Parks recreation depts.
  • General public

3
AFS Mission (cont.)
  • Injuries fatalities are preventable
  • Increase awareness support
  • Safe design
  • Handling
  • Repositioning
  • Storage

4
Know the Facts
  • 3.2 million children play soccer
  • 800,000 coaches volunteers
  • Goals 150-400 pounds
  • Problem weight unstable design
  • Source US Youth Soccer Program

5
Our Youth Are At Risk
  • Since 1979
  • 30 deaths
  • Many more injuries
  • Known / reported
  • Suspect many more unreported

6
Victims
  • 1998, 10-year-old boy, Oconomoc, WI
  • Standing in front of goal being moved by
    teammates
  • Goal toppled onto victim, severing his spine
  • Paralyzed from neck down
  • Cannot speak

7
Victims
  • 1999, 14-year-old girl, Michigan
  • Wind blew unsecured or inadequately secured
    soccer goal
  • Landed on top of victim
  • Serious leg and hip fractures

8
Victims
  • 2003, 6-year-old boy, Vernon Hills, IL
  • During soccer practice, unanchored goal fell on
    boy
  • Massive head trauma
  • Cause of death cardiac arrest due to massive
    head injuries

9
Victims
  • 2005, 15-year-old boy, Oklahoma
  • Victim and three friends trying to move soccer
    goal
  • Goal fell over, striking his head
  • Injuries caused death

10
AFS Educates
  • Injuries fatalities from unsafe goals are
    preventable
  • Every voice counts
  • Visit www.AnchoredForSafety.org

11
AFS Supports
  • Short-term solution
  • Anchor all goals
  • Long-term solution
  • Safe design of goals

12
Short-Term Solution
  • Safe handling repositioning of goals
  • Always!
  • Anchor goals
  • Secure goals on level ground
  • Never! allow kids to
  • Play on goals
  • Move goals

13
Short-Term Solution
  • Safe storage of goals
  • Store goals off playing fieldslocked so they
    cant be moved
  • Face two goals toward each other lock together
  • Permanently anchor with chain attached to buried
    concrete block

14
Long-Term Solution
  • Promote redesign of goals
  • Maximize safety
  • PVC for light end-product
  • Alliances with
  • Company One
  • Company Two
  • Company Three

15
Conclusion
  • We must protect our youth
  • No practices or games on unsafe fields
  • Short-term solution Anchor goals
  • Long-term solution Redesign goals
  • Spread the word to bring change

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Thank you!
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