Safety Tips

Soccer is a fast-paced sport. There’s little time to rest or check equipment once the game has started. Taking a few safety precautions before the game can help prevent injuries and keep players in the game.

  • Inspect the field prior to the game. Remove potential hazards like trash, rocks and other debris. Fill in large holes and mark drainage grates with orange cones.
  • Check players to ensure they are wearing all required equipment during games, including shin guards. Mouth guards are also recommended, especially for those athletes with orthodontic appliances.
  • Anchor goals to avoid tipping over and causing injury. Secure the goals when not in use and remove the nets.
  • Pad goal posts to prevent injury.
  • Choose soccer balls that are the appropriate size for a child’s age. Choose balls made from waterproof, synthetic material—leather gets very heavy when wet.
  • Keep a well-stocked first aid kit and charged cell phone on the sidelines.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness. Signs and symptoms may include thirst, confusion, dizziness and nausea.
  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Reapply every 30 to 60 minutes, to compensate for excessive sweating.
  • Wear light-colored, breathable clothing during hot, summer months.
  • Stop play immediately and seek shelter if you hear thunder or see lightning.