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With temperatures set to remain dangerously high across the weekend, colleagues' attention is brought to guidance shared earlier today with match officials operating at Steps 2-6.

It is paramount that extra care and attention is taken to player and participant safety during this period and that we act sensibly and cautiously throughout.

This may involve:

  • Giving yourself extra time to travel to and from your matches
  • Where competitions permit and with pre-match communication with both clubs facilitate player and match official ‘wellbeing’ breaks at sensible junctions during the game. These should be relatively short but give sufficient time for players to cool and take on extra fluids etc.
  • Maintaining dialogue with clubs and colleagues in the lead up to your fixtures – some clubs are already expressing safety concerns around unusually dry pitches, 3G surfaces (as they generate extra heat) and a restriction of water in certain areas.
As we are involved in a senior level of the game we know our match official workforce will display the necessary degree of flexibility, understanding and empathy in the extreme and exceptional circumstances that we find ourselves within whilst operating within the framework of the Laws of the Game and Competition guidance.

Colleagues operating over the weekend are encouraged to take the necessary actions to maintain their own well-being. Sensible match-day attire is advised and it is recommended that you keep well hydrated and, wherever possible, shaded whilst seated within the stadium environment. Please email observers@thefa.com should you have any health or well-being concerns regarding an imminent appointment.  

Please liaise with the match referee to understand any special arrangements that may have been agreed with the participating clubs, adopting a supportive and flexible approach as we work together as a workforce to keep ourselves safe and well during these challenging times.  

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