Football Federation Australia has made the decision to move the Hyundai A-League match between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium from Saturday afternoon 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 the decision was taken to move the match following Thursday’s updated forecast, which indicated the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) will be around 34.3 at the scheduled kick-off time of 5.35pm.
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 on Monday, February 13 to ensure player safety is 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.”