Any cancellations will be posted to the NMSA website and an email  will be sent out by 4 pm.  If nothing is posted or sent out, all activities are on as scheduled and any cancellations would be done on site. We defer to MYSA policy on all weather issues.

Lightening and Thunder

Referees and Coaches should adhere to the following:

  • If lightning is within five miles, with or without hearing thunder, the game(s) or practice(s) should be suspended and shelter sought. A lightning detector can identify the distance accurately but may not be available. A rough guideline is to measure the time between the lightning flash and hearing the corresponding thunder. If it is 30 seconds or less, seek shelter. It may not be possible to determine which lightning strike generated which roll of thunder. A simple rule: If you can see it or hear it, clear it!

  • MYSA recommends that participants seek immediate shelter in their automobiles or a designated severe weather shelter, if there is one nearby. Smaller, open structures, tents, trees, isolated areas, etc, should be avoided. Cars, with windows rolled up or buses, can provide good shelter. Avoid contact with metal or other conducting materials to the outside surfaces. Do not stay in open, unprotected areas.

  • Games should not be restarted for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is seen or roll of thunder is heard.


Hot Weather

Heat is a problem when it prevents the body from cooling itself. The hotter the body gets, the more likely it is to increase fatigue levels, develop cramps and increase the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The hotter and more humid the weather, the faster these problems can develop. Temperatures as low as 65 degrees, with a relative humidity of 100%, can be serious.


Games need to be adjusted as the heat index rises:

  • Mandatory water breaks

  • Go to quarters

  • Shorten the games


Heat Index


Up to 89°

Normal Play

90° - 99°

Mandatory two-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by 5 minutes

100° - 105°

Mandatory two-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by 10 minutes.


Suspend Play


Cold Weather


Cold Index


46° and higher

No Change

45° and lower

Allowable Additional Clothing:


Layered beneath uniform (i.e. long sleeves, long pants, additional socks)


Gloves or mittens


Stocking caps without straps


Sweat pants or shirts [MYSA Rule 7.4.1.e]  May be worn underneath the uniform, in the case of extremely cold weather, provided the entire team uses the same color sweats.


Jackets may be worn under the uniform so that referees can see the player's number in the event of a card being issued.


Clothing NOT Allowed:


Hooded sweatshirts (hoods and strings present possibility of being grabbed)


Ear muffs plastic or metal part crossing top of head presents potential hazard (headbands OK) .


3. Scarves (Isadora Duncan Syndrome)

40° and lower

Shorten games five minutes per half.

35° and lower

Suspend games

Sponsors & Affiliates

Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

MN United FC

US Youth Soccer

Challenger Sports Camp


Andover Community Center

The Sanneh Foundation

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