Heat and Humidity Dangers

by John Puglisi, NISOA Vice President, NISOA National clinician and NISOA local assessor.

Heat and high humidity are a significant part of the playing conditions at the start of the intercollegiate soccer season. While the NCAA soccer rules do not address heat and humidity specifically, Rule 5.6.1 can be broadly applied by the referee to suspend a match for any reason deemed necessary. Dangerous heat conditions can and probably should be considered in this context.

Referees are encouraged to use  judgement in their application of Rule 5.6.1, especially in cases where a brief water break will reduce the risk of endangering player safety. The match should be resumed as soon as possible as conditions allow in this case.

Additional discussion and background on this interpretation is available on the NISOA web site.

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