Phoenix players stop to drink during the round 17 A-League match between the Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium when the FFA Heat Policy was in use.
Phoenix players stop to drink during the round 17 A-League match between the Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium when the FFA Heat Policy was in use. DAVID MARIUZ

Forecast heat forces reschedule of A-League clash

FOOTBALL: Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory's Round 19 clash has been moved from Saturday afternoon to Monday night due to the FFA's Heat Policy.

The match was scheduled to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium at 5.35pm (AEST) but after the forecast indicated the temperature is expected to be around 34.3 degrees celsius at the time of kick-off, the game was rescheduled to 7.50pm on Monday to ensure player safety.

The FFA Heat Policy details that drink breaks should take place if the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) is between 26 and 27.9, but rescheduling the fixture can be considered if the temperature exceeds 28 degrees.

"Today's forecast leaves no doubt that the conditions on Saturday in Newcastle will be significantly above the thresholds we have in place under the FFA Heat Policy so we have made the decision to move the Newcastle v Melbourne Victory match to Monday night,” said Head of the Hyundai A-League Greg O'Rourke.

"Taking into consideration the obvious player welfare concerns as well as the need to give players, teams and fans the best possible opportunity to plan for the match, moving the match to Monday night is the only decision we could make.

"We have spoken to both clubs who have welcomed the decision.”

All other A-League fixtures and the W-League Grand Final will go ahead as per the schedule.

Last month Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix's match at Coopers Stadium went ahead (with drinks breaks) despite the temperature reaching 38 degrees.

News Corp Australia


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