Hot Weather Policy

Football NSW has reissued the guidelines for cancellation of games and training when weather extremes are in force.

Where extreme temperatures such as recent January heat waves occur, all football activities should be cancelled.

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.

Cancellation of Games and Training

The recommended maximum temperature to cancel games and training is:

  • CHILDREN – 32° (recommended maximum ambient temperature for cancellation of children’s football activities)
  • ADULTS – 37° (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:

Modification of Games and Training

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.

 

Source: Risk Manager & State Member Protection Officer, Football NSW