Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today made the decision to move the Hyundai A-League match between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory from Saturday afternoon (5.35pm) to Monday night, in line with the FFA Heat Policy.
New South Wales is expected to experience extreme heatwave conditions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning and decision was taken to move the match following today’s updated forecast indicates that the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) will be around 34.3 at the scheduled kick off time.
The FFA Heat Policy states that drinks breaks should be implemented if the WBGT is between 26 and 27.9 with consideration to delay and postponement if it exceeds 28.
The match will now kick off at 7.50pm at McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle) on Monday night (13 February) to ensure player safety was adhered to under the FFA Heat Policy.
“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 Hyundai A-League matches and the Westfield W-League Grand Final are scheduled to go ahead as per the fixture.
|Hyundai A-League - Thur 9 Feb||Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix||Allianz Stadium||7.50pm|
|Hyundai A-League – Fri 10 Feb||Adelaide United v Perth Glory||Coopers Stadium||7.20pm (7.50pm AEDT)|
|Hyundai A-League – Sat 11 Feb||Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar||AAMI Park||7.50pm|
|Hyundai A-League – Sun 12 Feb||Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners||Spotless Stadium||5pm|
|Westfield W-League – Sun 12 Feb||Perth Glory v Melbourne City||nib Stadium||4.30pm (7.30pm AEDT)|
|Hyundai A-League – Mon 13 Feb||Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory||McDonald Jones Stadium||7.50pm|