At this time of year we should all be prepared for the weather to worsen and the need to be proactive with pitch inspections before a match can be played.
We would seriously suggest that you don’t start a game that you think will not be completed, if the pitch will not be playable by the end of the game or the weather forecast strongly indicates it will get worse!
Please also consider the Clubs pitch. If you start a match and completely ruin their pitch, which they won’t be able to use for weeks or it will cost a lot of money to repair, then don’t play the match.
Finally, If your game is called off or you call a game off upon inspection, besides letting your League know, ask them if there is another game that requires a referee that you could get to and cover.
Pitch & Weather Conditions
- Frozen and/or Rutted Pitch: dangerous for players safety
- Waterlogged Pitch: players safety and making the game a farce – movement of ball stuck in puddles
- Snow Covered Pitch: pitch markings and match ball need to be seen and thick snow makes a farce of the game
- Fog: If the referee can’t see both goals from the centre circle or the Assistant Referees can’t see across the pitch to judge offsides and the ball being played from the other half – makes a farce of the game or if you feel the conditions endanger the well-being of the players.If you don’t have neutral assistant referees, you may consider not playing the match at all because you won’t be able to detect any misconduct which occurs off the ball in areas that you cant see!
- In Game Weather Conditions: Be prepared to listen to advice and consider taking the players off the pitch and resume the game in a short period of time, if the likelihood is that conditions will improve. In Youth Football discuss with both match delegates.
- Preparation: Make it a habit to watch a reliable weather forecast in the run up to your games www.metcheck.com for example. It shows a level of professionalism to the teams if we can be seen to be proactive when we speak to them.