The mandatory standard prescribes the requirements for the construction, testing and labelling of moveable soccer goals supplied after 31 December 2010.
The mandatory standard applies to a moveable soccer goal that:
- is freestanding
- designed to be moved for use in various locations
- weighs 28kg and above.
Consumer Protection Notice No. 28 of 2010 sets out the mandatory requirements for moveable soccer goals.
The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian Standard AS 4866.1-2007 Playing field equipment - Soccer goals - Safety aspects. The mandatory standard also references modified requirements to reflect the European standard EN 748:2004 for stability and tip-over weight. AS 4866.1-2007 is available from SAI Global.
These requirements aim to provide an overview of the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Moveable soccer goals must have at least one anchor point at each side of the rear ground bar.
Moveable soccer goals must have the following permanent warning label: “WARNING—ALWAYS ANCHOR GOAL—NEVER CLIMB OR HANG ON CROSSBAR. Unanchored goals can tip over causing serious injury or death.”
The warning labels shall be placed in three positions on the goal:
- on the underside of the crossbar
- on the outside of both goal upright posts.
The words in the warning must be:
- permanently marked and legible
- in upper case letters at least 25 millimetres high
A moveable soccer goal must not fall over or fail to return to its original position when subject to the following testing procedure:
- install the goal according to the manufacturer's instructions on a horizontal surface using the recommended minimum ground anchors
- apply a pull force of 1100 N to the centre of the crossbar for no less than 60 seconds in a direction that is horizontal, perpendicular to the crossbar, heading outwards from the goal opening
- determine whether the unit falls over or fails to return to its original position.