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Question Number: 32610

Law 1- The Field 7/30/2018

RE: Youth to adult, comp and rec.

Barry Stewart of Chilliwack, BC Canada asks...

This question is a follow up to question 32607

At least in our area, the gridiron football uprights can be pivoted 180ยบ, so they are not anywhere near the soccer crossbar. Others should check into this option.

I now carry a roll of rope in my ref bag, so it can be be used as a pulling device.

Answer provided by Referee Joe Manjone

Barry,

This is a good point. Many football goal posts are now made with hinges and rotate.

However, the cost of hinged goals posts may be a factor, especially for small schools and recreation fields. For example, permanent unhinged goal posts average about $3500 a pair while the hinged goal posts average $9500 a pair.

Official associations may request that permanent unhinged goal posts be replaced by the hinged ones so that there is no interference during the soccer game.

Thank you for the suggestion.



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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Good tip Barry!



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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Barry
Like you I used to do all sorts to ensure that matters got sorted before games.
As I got older those interventions started to wane in the main due to concern about responsibility.
Most times I now tell the home team to sort the matter to my satisfaction. Should anything untoward happen the *responsibility* can get redirected when it needs to be explained what happened!



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