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Movable Soccer Goal Safety Regulation

The Movable Soccer Goal Safety Regulation sets procedures on the safe use, installation, maintenance, inspection and storage of movable soccer goals available for public use in Yukon. As of May 1, 2016, the following standards apply to movable soccer goals that weigh more than 18 kg:

  • The mesh of movable soccer goal netting must be 9 cm by 9cm (3.5” by 3.5”) or less.
  • Permanent bilingual labels must be affixed to the goal warning:
    • Against climbing or hanging on the goal;
    • The goal must be anchored at all times while in use; and
    • If the goal is not secured it could tip over and cause serious injury or death.
  • Movable soccer goals must be located on a level surface and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If a goal is used outside, it must anchored securely to the ground.
  • If a goal is used indoors, it must be secured to the floor, to the wall or with weights according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Movable soccer goals being made available for use must be inspected twice a year (once at the beginning of the soccer season and one other time during the year) for structural integrity, proper installation and anchoring and safety label requirements.
  • A regulated goal that is not in use or is in storage must be secured in such a way that it is not at risk of tipping and does not otherwise present a hazard.
  • Records of inspections, modifications and repairs must be established, maintained and retained by the group or person offering goals for use.

Responsibility for inspections and retaining records may be transferred from the person/group offering a goal for use to the public body that operates the recreational facility where the goal is located.

As of October 1, 2016, all regulated goals must meet the manufacturing requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM F2950-14 Standard Safety and Performance Specification for Soccer Goals .

View the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Regulation 

View the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Policy 

On July 4, 2012, five year old Jaedyn Amann was fatally injured in an accident involving a movable soccer goal in Watson Lake. To prevent this tragic accident from happening again, the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act was passed on May 16, 2013, and interim safety measures were put in place by the Department of Education and the Yukon Soccer Association.

On May 1, 2016, the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Regulation was passed to set safety standards for movable soccer goals. The regulation is the result of an extensive public engagement process that took place from April to June of 2015, with First Nations governments, Yukon municipalities, recreation and soccer associations, Yukon schools and the Yukon Coroner’s Office.

 

Contact - Policy, Planning and Evaluation Unit

James McCullough
Yukon Education
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-8027
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 8027
Fax: 867-456-6788
Email: James.McCullough@gov.yk.ca