It’s hard to know what’s wrong with this picture unless you were there, so I’ll tell you: this portable goal is not anchored. Note that the GK is on the field as the match was just about to begin.
There are a lot of grey areas in our jobs, but goal safety isn’t one of them. According to the website Anchored For Safety, 27 people in the USA have been killed by unanchored goals.
I was passing by when I noticed this goal and snapped the photo on my phone. The young referee had just whistled to start the game when I yelled at him and walked out on to the field to get him to stop the game. To say that he was upset with me is an understatement. But safety is our number one priority, even if it means stopping a game and embarrassing a referee. (At halftime, I went over and spoke to him and patched things up.)
Take a moment to learn more about the importance of goal safety by watching this important – and gut wrenching – video.
The sport we love should never be associated with this kind of senseless tragedy, and we have the power to do something about it.
Let’s make a commitment to ALWAYS check goals for safety before EVERY match, without exception. Furthermore, let’s pledge to check on each other and to not be offended when a referee spots an unsafe goal on our field.
For more information on goal safety, visit the Anchored For Safety website.