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OSA Lightning Safety

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


Lightning Strikes Soccer Pitch

Lightning Strikes Soccer Pitch

 In the world of soccer, rainy conditions are not ideal and definitely put a dampener on summer games throughout the outdoor season. Frustration builds when games are started with bright sunshine only to be put on hold or abandoned altogether, while the grey clouds blanket the sky and loud claps of thunder and flashes of lightning move in to force play to cease. Inclement weather, especially in the cases of thunderstorms is a critical issue that needs to be carefully monitored. It is important that not only referees, but all coaches, players, and spectators know about proper lightning precautions as they are exposed to these conditions.

The continuance of the game is at the referee’s discretion. The Ontario Soccer Association has a Weather Policy in place that should be followed in such conditions. The Policy mirrors the ‘30-30 Rule’ as directed by Environment Canada. The ‘30-30’ Rule should be known and understood by all involved in the game. The ‘30-30 Rule’ advises that you take appropriate sheltered if you can count 30 seconds or fewer between thunder and lightning, and to remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder and flash of lightning (see below).