With the recent high winds and wet fields during which a two-year-old girl was killed in Tennessee
after high winds pushed a metal goal onto the toddler, we once again alert you about the danger
of unanchored or improperly anchored goals.
Goal safety must be placed at the top of our priorities. As you know, “High Winds" can occur at
any time and have been unusually prevalent during this spring season. The high winds and wet
fields may increase the risk for goals toppling over. Although everyone thinks that the best
practice sessions require the standard goals, there are great alternatives given the environmental
conditions. Here are a few suggestions which have proven to work without compromising the
quality of a training session.
• Use cones to mark goal posts - large cones work best but any size will do the job
• Soccer specific, regulation size corner flags can be used for players aged 12U and older
• The light weight, easily assembled, Bownet portable goals are a great option for practice
sessions and are available in many different sizes
Keep in mind that Illinois Youth Soccer members get a Ten Percent (10%) discount off Bownet
purchases when they use the promo code IYSA. To order, go to https://bownet.net/collections/iysa#_l_33
Bownet, the official portable goal provider of Illinois Youth Soccer, has 13 different portable soccer
goals for every age group, for every level of player, and for every format including US Soccer
regulation size, Futsal 5-a-Side, 3v3 goals, soccer nets and field barriers that are designed to work
together for an endless combination of training options.
Before every soccer activity INSPECT & ENSURE that the fields, goals and portable equipment that
you are using are safe and that the goals are anchored and STORED according to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission’s and the goal manufacturer’s guidelines for every environmental
condition, and that all of the goals have labels warning of climbing hazards. All unused goals must
be anchored and/or chained to a substantial or permanent structure or to another goal. All
portable equipment including but not limited to fences, tents and signs must be anchored and
stored according to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the weather and field conditions. Please
click on the following link to see Illinois Youth Soccer Goal Safety Policy (RULE 021-A).
Over the next few weeks, while we may experience times of high winds and/or wet fields, please
think "Safety First" and have a safe and enjoyable training session with your players.