14 responses

  1. Bob Bruce
    August 22, 2007

    Great advice. I’m looking for just this thing. Is there a model number for the L-shaped anchor with the eyelet welded on? I can’t find that at fold-a-goal or other web sites.

    Our club has the same problem with vanishing anchors and unanchored goals.

  2. Soccer Dad
    August 22, 2007

    The model is H12E – you have to select it from the normal hook page. This should get you there:

    http://fold-a-goal.com/GroupDetail.asp?GroupId=204&SKU=H12E

    They’re working great so far. We think we finally figured out how to keep the backs of the nets attached to the bar too – the cable ties just don’t cut it. Post on that soon.

  3. Bob Bruce
    September 3, 2007

    Thanks. I’ll look forward to it. I searched for that model number and found it. I’m ordering a bunch!

  4. Ann Colangelo
    September 26, 2007

    I am glad to see that you are doing something in the way of secureing goals and hope that your idea spreads far and wide. I am the aunt of Hayden Barnes Ellias who passed away in May from the lack of soccer goal anchors.

    Thank you

  5. Soccer Dad
    September 26, 2007

    Thanks Ann – It’s been a constant struggle to keep the goals anchored. Every time you anchor them, two days later they’re all unanchored again. At least now they’re still with the goals and easy to drive into the ground again. It’s just convincing coaches that they have to check EVERY time. Few do despite repeated reminders. It can be very frustrating.

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. What happened to Hayden was tragic.

  6. Soccer Coach
    October 8, 2007

    We just started using “Kwik-Goal” sand bag goal weights. They are easy to move, easy to store and have not been an issue for the kids unzipping and trying to play with the sand. We put four bags (approximately 40lbs each) on the back of our 18 foot goals. That more than stabalizes the goal and helps prevent the goal from falling forward PLUS is allows the goal to “give” if a child were to run into the side post.

  7. Secure-A-Goal
    November 16, 2009

    What about on artificial turf?

  8. Soccer Dad
    November 16, 2009

    Well obviously you’d use sand bags there :) But most of us just dream about having turf fields!

    Our biggest problem with sand bags is they tend to rip open after a year if the kids don’t open them up first.

  9. Secure-A-Goal
    December 1, 2009

    We have just introduced a line of patent pending movable goal anchors that were designed to address the issue on artificial turf since the known sand bag issues after the first year of use. Our system will also work on natural grass.

    We can install our system on any artificial turf field in the industry and with our universal adapters we can secure any brand of movable goal in the industry. Our system isn’t really for a traveling purpose, its design for the facility owner/organization to install and have their to secure the goals.

    A goal can be anchored in less 1 minute with our system and releasing a goal to take it out of play takes less than minutes as well. Its designed to be easy to use but effective. Our system retracts down in the ground and store under the surface whether it be natural or artificial, allow the grass to mowed or artificial turf surface to be groomed. We have optional lock ends for our systems Key lock, Combination lock or Ball Pin Lock for so anyone can release the goal.

    Learn more at http://www.secure-a-goal.com

    Let me know if you have any questions

  10. Field Guy
    April 16, 2010

    As a field guy, and as an engineer, I love them! Are you selling them? I’d love to have about 20 of them for our club.

  11. Secure-A-Goal
    April 16, 2010

    We manufacture, sell and install goal anchors nationwide. We just finalized a contract with Kwikgoal. We provide goal assembly and anchor installation services.

    Our Secure-A-Goal line of anchors will work with natural grass as well as artifitial turf. We just launch our new line of natral grass anchors that are semi-permanent and you don’t have to remove them when you disconnect the goals. They stay in the ground and you can mow the field as they are flat and just below the grass.

    You can see pricing on our web site but a set of Grass Anchors (GA01) to secure two goals is less than $300. There is a volume break on the price and its on the web site.

    We welcome feedback from the coaches and teams so we can engineer the products to be effective and affordable. Thanks

  12. David Farnan
    September 14, 2010

    We had the same problem last year but we did weld chain to the L-shaped anchors. Rather than wrapping the chain around the goal I drilled a hole for a bolt with large washers and used it to clamp the chain to the goal. While this works well to keep the anchor with the goal it doesn’t prevent the anchor from being removed from the ground when the field isn’t supervised. Removal causes the goal to be unsafe until someone hammers it back in. To address that problem I have moved to more permanent anchors. I went to Harbor Freight and purchased their screw in anchors (maybe called tie-downs) for $15 for 6 anchors. I used 2 per goal. I screwed one of these anchors into the ground (hard work here in our rocky ground) behind each backstay on the goal then used the same cable you used except I put it with screw-together clamps. In theory those anchors should be really hard to take out because if you don’t undo the clamp the short cable should prevent unscrewing the anchor. I would suggest screwing the anchors down to the point where they are below mower height then attaching the cable with a lock (looking for very short bicycle cable locks) rather than a clamp or clip. The product from secure-a-goal looks like it accomplishes pretty much the same thing but it looked like it uses quick connect clips to attach the cable to the anchor. I can’t have anything that is easily removed because ours are at schools and parks where vandals and kids will do what they can to them if it can be done without tools or a key/passcode. I have a brand new goal which just had the 4 anchors stolen and the backbar broken in two places because I hadn’t yet put the more permanent anchors in for it yet. I assume they tipped it over then hung from the backbar to first bend then break it. It was labor intensive to put the anchors in but then we didn’t have to worry about them for the rest of the season…even when no one was supervising.

  13. Rob Bryan
    November 18, 2010

    I like the harbor frt screw in anchors. They are actually called 15″ x 3″ canopy anchors…..and the price is right. Wire rope and clips will work for us.

  14. Wayne
    April 12, 2012

    Thanks for the solution.
    I maintain a soccer field for the Kiwanis Club of Ontario, Oregon.

    The goalposts keep getting moved by football players and the anchors go missing.

    This will solve my anchor issue.

    Thanks

    Wayne

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