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The Importance of Goal Safety

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Safety is such an important part of youth soccer but it gets a lot more lip service than actual service.

The one topic that is mentioned most often is goal safety.  We all know how important it is to make sure goals are secured but how many are actually doing it?  Sadly a recent event is a good reminder of how important this is.  A 9 year old child was killed in Arkansas recently due to a soccer goal falling.  To see more, please go to http://www.4029tv.com/r-video/26631921/detail.html

As a coach, when you first get to the field, if there are goals there, make sure the goals are secure. It doesn't matter if the weather seems fine and there isn’t any wind in the area, this is something that has to happen EVERY TIME   I was running a college training session a number of years ago and all of a sudden heavy winds started up and while the team was scrimmaging, BOTH GOALS blew over in opposite directions.  We were very fortunate that both keepers were far enough off their lines that they weren't

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