Guidelines Available for Safe Use

upgrading or repairing old posts

Playing a Part to Keep the Game Safe

In recent years there have, sadly, been a number of serious injuries and fatalities as a result of unsafe or incorrectly-used goalposts.

To prevent further harm, The FA, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Health & Safety Executive and the British Standards Institution, have come together to endorse a set of guidelines for the safe use of goalposts.

Everyone must play their part to keep the game safe and follow the advice on this page. More detailed information on goalpost safety can be found in the full ‘FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Safety’ guidance below. For information on funding to upgrade or secure new goalposts, please refer to this 'Football Foundation Facility Grants' information.


* For safety reasons, goalposts of any size, whether portable or otherwise, must always be anchored securely to the ground

* All goalposts must be installed and/or secured as per the manufacturer’s instructions

* Under no circumstances should children or adults be allowed to climb on, swing on or play with the structure of the goalposts

* Particular attention is drawn to the fact that, if not properly assembled and secured, portable goalposts may overturn

* Regular inspections of goalposts must be carried out to check they are properly maintained

* Portable goalposts should not be left in place after use. They should be dismantled and removed to a place of secure storage

* Nets should only be secured by plastic hooks, net grips or tape. Any metal cup hooks should have been removed and replaced as they are now banned

* Goalposts which are ‘home made’, or which have been altered from their original size or construction, should not be used. These have been the cause of a number of deaths and injuries

* Due to previously-failed strength and stability tests The FA recommends that wooden goals should be replaced when necessary with compliant metal, aluminium or plastic goalposts

frequently asked questions

Yes, funding is available, specifically for the replacement of broken or dangerous posts as well as new goalposts, if required, for new participation through the Football Foundation.

MH Goals provide affiliated clubs with exclusive discounts across their range of posts.  All of the MH Goals range meets national and european safety standards and their specially-discounted County FA price list for this season can be accessed here.

Referees are required to check the safety of goalposts ahead of each game and, if deemed to be unsafe, fixtures should be suspended. If you have concerns regarding posts at your site, this should be reported to the site owner for action and they should not be used. If you are unsure, or have any questions on the safety of goalposts, please get in touch via the means above.