Unstable or Unanchored Soccer Goal Posts – A Fatal Risk [our personal story]


this photo was taken 15 minutes before the incident


Tuesday was a normal day for us, until it took a horrific turn. We love taking advantage of the nice weather while we still have it, so after dinner we rode our bikes around our neighborhood and started to play soccer. We are sharing this story to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

Beckett grabbed onto the top of the soccer goal post and briefly lifted his feet and within one second the goal flipped on him landing directly on his mouth. We have never witnessed anything so graphic. Blood everywhere and our 7 year old son spitting out every single tooth from the top of his mouth.

The pictures below show the events that transpired after that awful moment.

If you notice a soccer goal that is either not anchored or not secured properly, do not go near it and report it immediately. At Anchored For Safety there have been 41 deaths and 59 injuries reported since 1979. Children as young as 2 and adults as old as 33 have either died or have been seriously injured.

Soccer Goalposts Can Be Deadly Hazard

Soccer Goals A Real Danger For Kids


At Norton Brownsboro (near our home) getting ready for his CT scan

Getting ready to go in the ambulance to the children’s hospital downtown
He lost all of his teeth on top and had maxillary fractures in his face

our 1st night in the hospital

surgery – day 2 in the hospital
After surgery to reconstruct the inside of his mouth
road to recovery – day 3 in the hospital

cards from his friends
his welcome home bubble bath

Not only is it the hardest thing in the world to see our child with no teeth, not able to talk and not able to eat when he is hungry, but he will have to worry about his teeth for the rest of his life. The oral maxillary facial surgeons did the best they could to reconstruct the inside of his mouth and remove fragments of bone that were damaged, but his permanent teeth may never come in or they may come in a different color or shape than they should be. At 16-18 years old, he will possibly need dental implants.

It is hard to believe that something like this can happen in a split second while doing something completely normal. Has anything similar happened to any of you or someone you know?


This is a PSA video about Zach’s Law and soccer goal safety. It features the family of Zachary Tran, who died in 2003 when an unsecured soccer goal tipped over on him. Zach’s parents Michelle and Jayson Tran and sister Alli are interviewed. The PSA aims to educate the public about the danger of movable soccer goals and Illinois’ new Zach’s Law, named after Zachary Tran. The PSA guides viewers to anchoredforsafety.org for soccer goal safety information, and is sponsored by the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, which represented the Tran family in their lawsuit stemming from Zach’s death. The PSA campaign is in partnership with Anchored for Safety, which was founded by the Tran family to help prevent soccer goal injuries and deaths.


10 thoughts on “Unstable or Unanchored Soccer Goal Posts – A Fatal Risk [our personal story]

  1. Oh my! My heart aches for your sweet boy! I am so sorry to hear this story and that this happened but glad he is on the mend. I had a oral accident in high school (not nearly as bad) but I sympathize with his pain and how you have to readjust speech, eating, etc.
    Glad that you shared this, I wouldn’t of even thought at the risks but will now. Perhaps you can save another family from this. Prayers for your family – especially B.

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  2. what an unthinkable accident, who thinks about unstable soccer nets? not many I’m guessing but after this tradegy and any other posts, I hope all coaches and parents check the Nets before every game. my loving prayers to you all

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  3. Oh my gosh, Sakya! My heart breaks for Beckett and for you and Ryan!! Thank you for sharing this experience to help prevent things like this continuing to happen to other kids. Thank God he’s alive and on the road to recovery! Let me know if I can do anything for you all.

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