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ASTM + Soccer Standards

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of industries. ASTM makes its standards available for sale to any interested parties through its website www.astm.org.

In the late 1990’s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission directed the soccer manufacturing industry and the soccer community to work with ASTM in developing standards for the safe usage and manufacturing of soccer goals.

There are three ASTM standards that exist today that apply to soccer goals.

ASTM F1938 – 98 (2009) Guide for Safer Use of Movable Soccer Goals

This document provides guidance to people administering soccer, like club presidents, park and recreation directors, athletic directors and groundsmen, on the proper installation, use and storage of soccer goals.

ASTM F2056 - 09 Standard Safety and Performance Specification for Soccer Goals

This standard provides manufacturers with safety and performance requirements for the making of soccer goals, which addresses accidental goal tip-over.  Tests included in this standard are meant to ensure proper design and manufacturing of soccer goals 6.5’ by 18’ or larger.

ASTM F2673 - 08 Standard Safety Specification for Special Tip Resistant Movable Soccer Goals

Meant as a compliment to ASTM F1938 and ASTM F2056, this standard covers specifications for tip-resistant counter balancing should proper goal anchoring not be in place. The standard’s compliance testing is meant to simulate the swinging of two average twelve year old boys from the goal’s crossbar and applies to goals 6.5’ x 18’ or larger.

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