How To Build A UEF Soccer Goal
Follow these steps to learn how to build a UEFA soccer goal the safe and responsible way. One of the most fundamental elements of the game of soccer are the goals. In the case of pick up soccer, an impromptu set of goals can be created by cones, bags, clothing, sticks or anything handily available. Building your own UEFA soccer goal will require a bit more planning and construction but this does not have to be a difficult undertaking. All UEFA soccer goals used for competition and training must conform to safety and construction standards set by football's governing bodies. The two standards in particular are European Standards BSEN 748 and BS8462:2005. The main points from the standards are listed below.
To build a UEFA soccer goal, you will need:
- UEFA standard goal(s)
- Manufacturer's instructions
- Any required tools
- Concrete mix
- Purchase your UEFA soccer goals from a manufacturer that conforms to the necessary safety standards. Safely transport the UEFA soccer goals to your sporting grounds.
- Inspect your equipment upon receipt to ensure it has not been damaged in transport and verify there are no missing pieces. If there are any damaged or missing pieces, do not assemble the goals. Contact your manufacturer or supplier.
- Install the goals in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. All manufacturers must provide written instructions for assembly, installation, maintenance and anchorage. Following these instructions will allow you to build an official UEFA Soccer Goal that conforms to all safety standards.
Tips & Warnings:
- Only purchase goals from a manufacturer that has products which conform to the latest British and European standards (BSEN 748 or BS 8462:2005).
- Manufacturers should be able to supply test certificates if needed.
- No homemade or modified goals should be used; most deaths from accidents have involved homemade or modified goals.
- Wooden goals should not be used and do not meet the European Standard.
- Regular maintenance and inspections should be carried out and records kept enabling the correction of faults found during inspection.
- Socketed goal posts should always be concreted in.
- Freestanding goals should be anchored at all times, either by attaching the back bar to permanent fixing points for instance, eyebolts, stainless steel loops set in concrete blocks or suitable attachments on a permanent fence or by using the correct number of weights attached to the back bar or as part of the goal frame.
- These standards were put in to place to promote safety and to help prevent tragic accidents from occurring.