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New law aims to protect children from soccer goals

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new state law requiring that soccer goals are properly secured in order to prevent death and serious injury is in effect for this fall's soccer season.

The bill was passed and signed into law last year.  It took effect in July.

The change in the law was pushed by relatives of a 6-year-old Illinois boy who died in 2003 after an unsecured soccer goal fell on him. Illinois and Arkansas have passed similar versions of the law.

Wisconsin's law requires all movable soccer goals on public lands to be secured in a manner acceptable to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  They can't be placed on hills or a sloping site and they can only be moved by authorized and trained personnel.

Violators face up to a $500 fine.

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