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Please can anyone enlighten me on the ruling regarding Hooks on the back of goal posts as we had a game this weekend and the ref informed us that they (meaning the refs) have been told if the goals have hooks on the back to refuse to play the game.

The hooks that are on the backs of our goals are plastic.

Also heard a rumour that grants are available for clubs that need to have new goals.

Please can some one help as would hate to have games called of for this reason.

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This is taken from the Cornwall FA website

Goalpost Safety Scheme

The use of metal cup hooks on goals will be banned from the commencement of season 2007/08 and match officials will be instructed not to commence matches where such net fixings are evident for safety reasons. Nets should only be secured by plastic hooks or tape and not by metal cup hooks. Any metal cup hooks should be removed and replaced. New goalposts should not be purchased if they include metal cup hooks.

http://www.cornwallfa.com/Development/Fundingandfacilities/

Goalpost safety scheme is also on the right of the page

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The Football Foundation will reimburse half the cost of new goals if your old ones aren't suitable or are unsafe through rust or metal hooks.

You need to get approval before you buy.

We sent off photographs of our old rusty goals to the CCFA and the grant was approved. We had to buy from an approved list and they weren't cheap, but at half price it wasn't too bad.

And we got half the money back, no problem

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Top Tip: What we have done at Carharrack to save on costs is hacked off the hooks with an industrial grinder, the got a industrial drill and put holes where the hooks were. Then we ordered about 100 of the below plastic hooks for about 60 quid.

http://www.harrod.uk.com/hs_accessories.html

Goal Post Hooks (Patented Design) - FBL-222

• Minimise injury – All steel posts are supplied with these strong synthetic hooks for the crossbars.

• Hooks are safe and easily screw into the crossbar, no welding is needed.

Money saved and complies with FA rules.

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Guest Dermot

Its going to be a difficult first few weekends for the Refs if some of the football clubs have not complied with the new ruling about metal cup hooks. If we Referee`s go by the letter of the law and call the game off we are going to be even more unpopular,and if we ignore the hooks and an accident did happen (i had a team mate nearly lose a finger in my playing days in Leicester when his wedding ring hooked on one) the Ref would be to blame. Any thoughts on this one folks ? ;0/ :(

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Its going to be a difficult first few weekends for the Refs if some of the football clubs have not complied with the new ruling about metal cup hooks. If we Referee`s go by the letter of the law and call the game off we are going to be even more unpopular,and if we ignore the hooks and an accident did happen (i had a team mate nearly lose a finger in my playing days in Leicester when his wedding ring hooked on one) the Ref would be to blame. Any thoughts on this one folks ? ;0/ :(

You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't Dermot. Having said that it's better to get a bit of grief than be responsible for someone getting injured.

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Guest Dermot

Well Said Ronin,just hope any offending clubs will look at it like that.

Already been to a Senior ground as an Assistant in a pre season Charity Cup match and they still had metal hooks on the goals. ;0/ <_<

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Guest Dermot

I was going back about 30 years Cat,earings, bracelets, neckchains, (that was just the Refs)

Players wore Cricket boxes,newspapers for shinpads, the odd moped for the wingers,rolled up jeans and the obligitary mass brawl at the end over why the centre forward finished off the goalies cider while he was having a fag. Lovely sporting leagues up in Leicester in the 70s. ;0) :D

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Cat, the only jewelry that can be worn is a plain band wedding ring, and this only if you prove to the ref that it cannot be removed, but it must be taped up. All other rings, ear rings, bracelets and studs etc must be removed in fact anything the referee decides could cause an injury not only to an opponent but to themselves.

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Guest Peppermint

This is really ironic that it is a subject that referees could help with and they would probably have more up to date information than most. However they have been forbidden to comment - it makes the decision all the more bizarre!

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