The OSA Lightning Safety/Severe Weather Policy as directed by the CSA
The continuance of the game is at the Referee’s discretion. The Ontario Soccer Association has a Severe 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 shelter 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.
Though this policy reflects a rule that is a minimum standard for lightning and severe weather safety, it is put in place to be executed in such severe conditions in order to help ensure the safety of our Players, Coaches, Referees, Parents and all involved in the game. It has been a common occurrence that the unpredictability of sport goes hand in hand with the capriciousness of summer weather in our province; therefore it is vital to put safety first.
Rain alone cannot cancel a game.
Only the referee is able to cancel/delay a game. This decision will be made at the field.