Football NSW has distributed the following directives and guidelines for (extremely) hot weather to all clubs:

When extreme temperatures occur all football activities should be cancelled.

PLEASE NOTE: Before cancelling any matches please notify the FNSW After Hours contact person Troy McColl on 0414 493 365.

Clubs are reminded of their duty of care and that in extreme temperatures the safety and welfare of players MUST BE A PRIORITY. Exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous to the health of adults and pose an ever greater risk to the health of children and young people.

RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR CANCELLATION OF GAMES AND TRAINING

CHILDREN32° (recommended maximum ambient temperature for cancellation of children’s football activities)
ADULTS37° (recommended maximum ambient temperature for cancellation of adult’s football activities)

Cancellation can be required at lower temperatures particularly where a higher level of humidity is present. Refer to the Heat Stress Index for risk levels.

The FNSW Hot Weather Policy, Heat Stress Index and SMA Guidelines are provided for further information and reference:

RECOMMENDED TEMPERATURES FOR MODIFICATION TO FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES

Where temperatures occur within the following ranges and a club has assessed and deemed a football activity to be safe to continue, consideration must be given to modifying the activity and increasing rest and drink breaks in shaded areas.

CHILDREN – 26° to 31° ambient temperature (at 32° refer to recommended cancellation temperatures) ADULTS – 26° to 36° ambient temperature (at 37° refer to recommended cancellation temperatures)

Within these temperature ranges participation must also be closely monitored and the safety and welfare of players MUST BE A PRIORITY.

For more information about Hot Weather in sport refer to the Sports Medicine Australia website (linked above).

All Football NSW documents are available at the Football NSW Policies and Documents pages.