Portable Soccer Goals

Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links

Do you need to comply?

No, but you may fail in your duty of care if an accident occurs and a student or teacher is injured.

Conditions of compliance

As of 31 December 2010 the supply of moveable soccer goals weighing more than 28kg must comply with Playing field equipment – Soccer Goals – Safety aspects – AS4866.1-2007. A key requirement of the standard is to ensure that moveable soccer goals have permanent labelling and informing of the dangers of improper use or goals installation.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

You should review all goalposts at your school, or at any ground where your students may play. The following principles should be adopted:

  • Check It – is the goalpost in good condition, can it fall or topple?
  • Secure It – ensure it is properly anchored into the ground.
  • Test It – shake it and push it, is it stable?
  • Respect It – only use the goalpost for what it was intended.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

There is the possibility of legal action against the school in the event of an injury.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Documents for Download

PowerpointAustralian Cometition and Consumer Commission: Product Safety, Moveable Soccer Goals

Links and Resources

External linkAustralian Standards Handbook: Portable Soccer Goalposts – Manufacture, Use and Storage

External linkVic DET: Safety in Physical Education and Sport

External linkNew South Wales Office of Fair Trading: ‘Securing Existing Goalposts’ (note that the New South Wales regulations do not apply in Victoria)

External linkProduct Safety Australia: Mandatory Standard – Moveable Soccer Goals