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SOCCER GOAL IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATIONS, 1979 - 1999

 

 

IDI#

Date

Age and Sex of Victim City, State, Venue Death or

Serious Injury

Scenario
#1

790924HIA0380

09/19/79

9 year old female Dunwoody, GA

Municipal Park

Death Victim was kneeling and tying her shoe when other students, swinging from the goal, caused it to topple over and fatally strike the victim.
#2

920113CCC3175

09/30/79

9 year old male Vallejo, CA

Municipal Park

Death Victim swinging on soccer goal when it fell on him. He died as a result of internal injuries to his spleen, lungs, and liver.
#3

831019DAL4010

10/02/83

4 year old male Fort Bliss, TX

Military Base

Sports Field

Death Victim was fatally struck on the head by a goal post while other children were climbing on it, causing it to tip over.
#4

891006CBB1004

10/28/85

20 year old male Keene, NH

College Soccer Field

Death  

Victim died from massive head trauma when he pulled a goal post down on himself while attempting to do chin-ups.

#5

891117CCC3060

10/13/86

9 year old male Loveland, CO

City Park

Death  

Soccer goal post tipped over and fatally struck victim on the head when it was being moved after a game.

#6

891117CCC3061

05/16/87

7 year old female Pullman, WA

Municipal Park

Death An adult hanging from the crossbar, caused the goal post to tip onto the victim, causing her death.
#7

891117CCC1062

09/14/88

10 year old male Virginia Beach, VA

School Sports Field

Death Victim was killed when the goal post, on which he was climbing, fell over and hit him on the head.
#8

920113CCC3173

05/09/89

5 year old male San Antonio, TX

Municipal Park

Death Crossbar of soccer goal fell on victim causing craniocerebral injuries and death.
#9

891006CAA1003

05/25/89

16 year old male Bolton, MA

School Soccer Field

Death The victim was struck on the head by a steel header of a soccer goal post while he and two friends climbed and played on it. The accident was fatal.
#10

891006CAA1005

09/27/89

7 year old male Plastow, NH School Playground Death The victim was struck and killed by a goal post tipped over by a fellow schoolmate lifting the rear of the frame.
#11

910806CCC1669

09/30/89

19 year old male Binghampton, NY

School Soccer Field

Serious Injury Goalie had soccer goal blown on top of her by a gust of wind. She suffered stress fractures to both legs.
#12

891023CWE5006

10/14/89

3 year old male Orinda, CA

Local Sports Field

Death While attempting to remove a net from its goal post, the victim's father lifted the back base causing the goal post to tip over and strike the victim on the head, causing a fatal injury.
#13

910719CCC1621

06/02/90

8 year old male Fayetteville, NC

Municipal Field

Death Victim was fatally injured when the portable soccer goal he was climbing tipped over and struck him in the head.
#14

920630CCC1475

10/08/90

9 year old male Wilburham, MA

Municipal Field

Serious Injury A young boy broke his femur when a portable soccer goal fell on him.
#15

910729CCC1641

11/06/90

9 year old male Lakewood, NJ

Public Soccer Field

Death Victim was fatally injured when standing next to a soccer goal that was toppled over by a strong gust of wind.
#16

901204CWE5003

11/10/90

22 year old male McFarland, CA

Public Park

Death While doing chin-ups, goal post top bar became loose and fell onto victim's head causing his death.
#17

910509HCC1242

04/20/91

8 year old male Aiken, SC

Public Park & Fields

Death Victim was struck and killed by a soccer goal that was being set up for a game.
#18

910528CEP9002

05/15/91

11 year old male Rockingham, NC

Municipal Park

Serious Injury While swinging on goal, it fell on top of the victim causing severe internal injuries and subsequent removal of part of her liver.
#19

921130CWE4018

07/18/92

5 year old male Mililani, HI

School Field

Serious Injury Group of children playing and climbing on a soccer goal, tipped it onto the child sitting nearby, breaking his femur.
#20

930104CWE5004

08/05/90

5 year old female Ephrata, WA

Municipal Park

Death Attempting to lift a mobile soccer goal, it fell and struck victim on the head, killing her.
#21

920910CCC3621

09/15/89

9 year old male Santa Rosa, CA

Municipal Park & Field

Serious Injury Victim sustained a fractured pelvis when other children pushed a metal soccer goal onto him.
#22

921030CCC3039

09/07/89

9 year old female Guerneville, CA

Municipal Park

Serious Injury Victim was sitting on the soccer goal structure, when it toppled and fell, fracturing her right forearm.
#23

930917CCN2507

09/23/91

 

10 year old male

Kennesaw, GA

Private Soccer

Field

Serious Injury The victim was playing goalie during a practice game, when some other children ran into the net, pulling the goal over and on top of the victim. The victim suffered a fractured skull and facial injuries.
#24

930505CCN1550

02/09/92

 

15 year old male

 

 

Columbus, GA

Public School Field

Serious Injury The victim was doing chin-ups on the cross bar attempting to flip over the goal, when the goal tipped over and landed on the left side of victim's head causing injuries. The victim has fully recovered.
#25

930405CCN1307

03/19/93

12 year old male Warner Robbins, GA

School Field

Serious Injury The victim has permanent brain damage due to a soccer goal falling onto him when other children ran against the net pushing the goal on top of him.
#26

930608CCN1816

06/06/93

9 year old male Atlanta, GA

Municipal Recreation Area

Death The deceased and a friend were shooting soccer goals when the goal tipped over and onto the victim's chest pinning him to the ground.
#27

931027CAA3053

09/04/93

10 year old male Humble, TX

Private Park

Death The boy and his two friends were playing around the goal when the boy's foot became caught in the netting, toppling the goal onto the boy killing him.
#28

940418CCC3433

04/00/81

 

11 year old male

Burnsville, MN

Municipal Park

Serious Injury The boy and his friend were using the soccer goal for a football goal post and the victim, in an attempt to tackle his friend who was hanging from the vertical cross beam, caused the goal to fall onto him, causing a head injury.
#29

940607CAA2525

10/04/88

11 year old male Bay City, MI

Intermediate School Field

Serious Injury The accident occurred on a dare when two boys and two girls tried to lift the 320 lb goal, tipping it over onto the victim causing head, leg and hip injuries.
#30

940425CEP9001

04/09/94

8 year old female Tucson, AZ

Municipal Park

Serious Injury The victim sustained an injury to her abdomen when a goal she was hanging on fell on her.

 

#31

940411CWE4006

03/1/94

 

 

 

15 year old male

Phoenix, AZ

Moon Valley High School Field

Serious Injury A track team member was swinging from the crossbar of a 400 lb metal soccer goal, when the crossbar came loose and was about to strike the coach beneath it; the victim broke his arm trying to stop the incident and the goal pinned him to the ground.
#32

940525CAA3492

09/12/93

 

 

5 year old female

Woodenville, WA

Lake Sammammish State Park

Serious Injury Someone climbing on the net of the goal caused the top bar to fall onto the victim breaking her tibia.
#33

940613CAA3542

11/27/90

10 year old male Phoenix, AZ

Public School Playing Field

Serious Injury Four boys were playing around the soccer goal; two were hanging from the crossbar (24' section) causing it to tip over onto the victim, striking him in the head causing brain damage.
#34

940614CEP9001

06/01/94

8 year old male Tucson, AZ

Municipal Park

Serious Injury The victim sustained a fractured right forearm, when the goal he was swinging from tipped over and the crossbar struck him.
#35

940928CAA1888

9/21/94

7 year old female Frederick, MD

Whittier Soccer Field

Serious Injury Another child was hanging or climbing the soccer goal crossbar, when the goal tipped over, the victim, who was in front of the goal was struck on the face, suffering bruises and contusions. The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.
#36

940928CAA1889

9/4/94

8 year old male Sebring, FL

Mary Holland Park

Death The victim sustained a fatal head injury, when he and other children were moving a soccer goal, end over end, in preparation for a game.
#37

941005CAA2001

10/3/94

12 year old male Waterford Township, MI

Municipal Park & Fields

Death The victim and two friends were playing soccer on an auxiliary field. The victim climbed to the top crossbar and then, from the center of the bar, asked his friends to push the goal forward so he could jump off. His foot became caught and he was crushed at the head and chest by the heavy goal, when it toppled onto him.
#38

941129CAA3121

8/14/93

14 year old male Midland, TX

Municipal Park

Death Soccer goal over-turned in late afternoon (4:15pm) trapping the victim underneath. Victim died from thoracic injuries.
#39

950125CAA1283

10/08/94

12 year old male Burlington, NC

Municipal Park

Serious Injury The victim rode his bike under the soccer goal and grabbed the crossbar, tipping the goal over and hitting the victim in back of the neck and lacerating his trachea. Surgery and hospitalization were required.
#40

950202CAA3312

5/25/93

7 year old male Salt Lake City, UT

Cottonwood Jr. H.S. Field

Serious Injury Movable soccer goal was tipped over onto the child causing a broken jaw, teeth and facial injuries.
#41

950314CAA3476

8/19/94

9 year old male Cleveland, OK

Elementary School Playground

Serious Injury Victim was sitting under an unanchored soccer goal, when another child climbed on the goal causing it to topple onto the victim breaking his thigh bone.
#42

950329CEP9001

3/13/95

13 year old male Tucson, AZ

School Playground

Serious Injury Victim sustained a concussion and laceration to the back of his head, when a soccer goal, which children were swinging on fell over and struck him from behind.
#43

950620CCC1807

11/13/88

13 year old male Newark, NJ

Municipal Park near St. Benedict's School

Serious Injury The boy was chinning himself on the crossbar of the goal [doing a pull-up]. When the goal began to tip over and he let go and fell. The goal came down on his side fracturing 2 ribs and damaging his spleen and liver. He was hospitalized.
#44

960131CAA3348

9/23/93

13 year old male Red Bluff, CA

Public School Playground

Serious Injury The victim was playing in the area of the goal when it tipped over and struck him from behind, breaking his neck and causing paralysis.
#45

960522CBB5185

8/27/95

31 year old male Athens, TN

Athens Regional Park

Death The victim was playing soccer and somehow he pulled the crossbar onto his abdomen. He died from liver damage and internal hemorrhage.

 

#46

960403CEP9005

3/27/96

15 year old female Pittsburg, PA

High School Soccer Field

Serious Injury The victim was moving a mobile soccer goal from the baseball field after practice, when the goal fell onto the her foot. She was treated and released at a local hospital.
#47

960611CAA5242

5/28/96

13 year old

male

Houston, TX

Public Park

Serious Injury The victim was helping to hang the net on the mobile goal. It was not anchored and the goal toppled onto the victim causing both external and internal injuries. The victim was admitted to the hospital.
#48

960614CAA5253

3/30/94

16 year old female Yakima, WA East Valley HS

Playing Field

Serious Injury The victim was playing goalie, she took off her petty-jersey and hung it on the crossbar of the goal. When she went to retrieve it, she pulled the goal over onto her, striking her in the head.
#49

960821CAA5542

5/31/92

9 year old male Oak Park, IL

Public Park

Serious Injury The victim and his sister were righting a mobile soccer goal, which weighed over 200 lbs, when it toppled and struck the victim.
#50

960823CAA5552

04/15/93

12 year old male Columbia, SC

Public Elementary School

Serious Injury The victim and playmates were trying to dunk a basketball over the crossbar of the unanchored steel soccer goal, when it toppled onto the victims chest. The victim was hospitalized for 6 days and has suffered permanent injuries.
#51

960927HEP0721

9/24/96

7 year old male Greencastle, PA

Public Recreation

Facility

Serious Injury A soccer goal toppled onto the victim when another child ran into the net. The victim was cut in the forehead by the crossbar and received stitches at a local hospital and was released.
#52

961002HEP9020

9/12/96

7 year old male Elon College, NC

Municipal Sports Field

Serious Injury A soccer goal toppled onto the victim, causing injury to his chest and ribs, when he was hanging from the crossbar during a game. The victim's mother said if the goal had been anchored properly the incident wouldn't have happened.
#53

961125HEP9003

11/20/96

9 year old male Cathey's Valley, CA

Public Field

Serious Injury The victim fractured his elbow when the mobile soccer goal he and some teammates were moving in preparation for a game fell on him.
#54

970716CCC1371

6/15/97

6 year old male Wallaceburg, CANADA Death Tip-over of a home made, unanchored soccer goal caused the death of this 6 year old male.
#55

980518CAA5568

10/7/97

7 year old male Private School Field

Stockbridge, GA

Injury The victim sustained minor head injuries when classmates pulled the metal goal over and on to him. There were no anchoring devices.
#56

971125CCC1698

4/29/97

9 year old male Municipal Park Joliette, Montreal, CANADA Serious Injury The victim sustained serious head trauma and permanent physical and mental incapacity after a 100 Kilogram soccer, fell on him. He was hanging from the crossbar. Anchors and a chain had been removed by vandals prior to the incident.
#57

971125CCC1699

3/1/97

11 year old male Indoor Sports Arena

Riviore des Prairies

CANADA

Serious Injury The victim - a soccer goalie - was struck by a falling goal, suffering severe head trauma and residual brain injury.
#58

980513CCN0279

5/8/98

10 year old male Champion City Park, Oconomowoc, WI Serious Injury The victim was standing in front of a goal being moved by pushing by his team mates. The goal toppled onto the victim severing his spine. He is paralyzed from the neck down and cannot speak.
#59

980902CEP9001

8/27/98

22 year old male Bellvue, WA

Municipal Park

Death Goal post fell onto victims head causing massive head injury and death.
#60

981019CEP9001

10/01/98

10 year old male Chillicothe, OH

City Park

Serious Facial Injury This 'homemade' soccer goal was being hung on by the victim and 2 friends. The goal was not anchored. When the friends ran away as the goal began to fall, it struck the victim in the face and hand. Victim suffered a broken jaw.
#61

971125CCC1698

04/29/97

 

9 year old male Joilette, BC

Canada

Public Park

Serious Head Injury The victim was swinging from the cross bar of an unanchored and unchained soccer goal when it tipped over and struck his head. Serious head injury resulted in hospitalization.
#62

971125CCC1699

3/01/97

 

11 year old male Riviores Des Prairies, BC Canada

Public Park

Serious Head Injury The victim was struck in the head by an indoor soccer goal which was not anchored, he suffered serious head injury and residual brain defects.
#63

970403CEP9054

3/27/97

8 year old female Dublin, OH

School Playing Field

Serious Head Injury The victim was playing goalie on the soccer team when a strong wind blew the unanchored goal post onto here head and then into the ground causing a serious concussion and hospitalization.
#64

981013HWE5008

9/24/98

11 year old male Sacremento, CA

Public School Playing Field

Serious Head Injury The victim was hit on the head by the metal soccer goal while other team members were moving it on the field. The goal was not anchored prior to its being moved. The victim was treated and admitted to the hospital.
#65

980601CBB3845

1/31/97

26 year old male Carson, CA

Public Sports & Recreation Park

Serious Facial Injury The victim was playing goalie on the soccer team when the top bar was hit by his hand in a save attempt. The bar fell striking him on the face breaking his nose. The goal was not anchored nor was the crossbar fastened securely.
#66

981022CAA2027

9/30/98

9 year old male Deerfield, IL

City Park

Serious Facial Injury The victim was doing pull-ups on the crossbar when it came loose the struck him in the face and mouth. The goal wasn't anchored, yet labels were on the Kwik Goal to "secure/anchor/do not climb" goals.
#67

990608HEP2401

6/4/99

8 year old male Pigeon, MI

Public Park

Death The victim and some other children where hanging from crossbar, when goal tipped over crushing victims head.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

 

 

Source: CPSC In-Depth Investigation File, 1979-1999

w/ CRC - DeMarco, J.A. [CO]

LAST REVISED 6/29/99 as [sockr962.5] & [soccrcht][sokcht2]

25 Deaths/42 Injuries*

NOTE: The majority of the injuries are very serious, involving paralysis, severe brain, head, chest and spinal trauma.