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Severe Weather

Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy

The safety of players, coaches, management and spectators is the primary concern in any weather event that occurs during all matches sanctioned by the Canadian Soccer Association.

At any of our field locations, if you hear 3 blasts of an air horn during oncoming weather it signals that the fields are being closed for safety reasons and all games, practices and activities should be concluded immediately. 

If a game is underway, the Match Official (Referee) ultimately has the final decision for the delay or restart of a match due to weather. Waiting for the sound of the severe weather horn is not required if a Match Official halts a game. It is the expectation that Match Officials will act responsibly when dealing with game stoppages due to inclement weather.

When lightning is observed, the distance from the field location can be calculated. Count the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the first sound of thunder and divide by five (5). This will give you the distance in miles from your location. Remember, if you are at a higher elevation, the lightning can come upon you much more quickly and your reaction time is greatly hindered.

30/30 Rule

When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is thirty (30) seconds or less, seek proper shelter immediately.

Wait thirty (30) minutes or more after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving the shelter. If you can not see the lightning, listening for further the thunder is just as effective.