Temperatures in Sydney and some areas across the state are forecast to reach 43°C on Saturday and 40°C on Sunday and it is therefore important that the safety of participants is considered and people take necessary actions to keep cool and avoid over heating.
If your club or association is planning trials, training, games or activities this weekend, please refer to the FNSW Hot Weather Policy. In accordance with the Policy, the cancellation or postponement of games, training, trials and other physical activities is recommended at ambient temperatures of:
Adults – at 37°C
Youth – at 32°C
Clubs and associations are therefore required to refer to the weather forecast for their area and closely monitor conditions and make appropriate decisions regarding postponement or cancellation of football activities as per the Policy, subject to local conditions.
Storms and lightning are common occurrences during summer and lightning can cause serious injury and death. In the event that a storm is approaching, it is important to closely monitor conditions and refer to the FNSW Lightning Policy for information regarding safety and the postponement of football activities.
The air quality in some parts of the state may still be poor due to recent fire activity. Clubs and associations in these areas should refer to the FNSW Air Quality Guidelines and check the AQI readings for the local area and make appropriate decisions regarding cancellation or postponement of football activities. It is the recommendation of FNSW that where AQI readings are in the Very Poor or Hazardous levels that football activities be postponed or cancelled or alternative indoor activities arranged.
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In the event that extreme weather conditions or poor air quality is present during football activities, parents and/or players should make their own decision about whether they participate and Clubs and Associations must not penalise anyone who chooses not to attend or participate due to health or safety concerns.