It is assumed that fields are OPEN unless notification is specifically given by club, council or FFNC prior to scheduled fixtures or by the referee on the day at the venue, to say that they have been closed. Individual clubs should resolve how information is shared with coaches, players and parents.
Also note that play should not proceed if lightning exists in the immediate vicinity of the ground. The referee has the primary authority in such instances to make this judgement. Click here to view the Northern NSW Football Lightning Policy
Fields that are CLOSED cannot be re-opened on the same day without express approval of FFNC. This includes postponing junior fixtures in preference to senior fixtures. Fixtures CANNOT be moved to another location (or field) without specific approval from FFNC.
PROCEDURE FOR NOTIFICATION OF FIELD CLOSURE
> CALL OR TEXT 0438 215 593
COMPETITION FIXTURES (i.e Grade 12 to Senior)
Once a ground/field is deemed unsuitable for play, the HOME club should call or text Steve Mackney on 0438 215 593 to advise of the field closure AND to seek instructions on any potential rescheduling.
The HOME club is to contact FFNC with highest priority when a ground/field is deemed unsuitable for play (e.g. wet weather). Be aware that opposition players and parents are sometimes travelling a reasonable distance to get to games at opposition venues.
Do NOT provide advice to your teams or opposition teams UNTIL instructions have been provided by FFNC.
When FFNC makes an assessment whether competition fixtures will be moved to another field/venue, FFNC will issue that advice (generally by text) to each club that is impacted.
If FFNC makes a decision that a fixture will be postponed, the HOME club is required to contact the opposition clubs impacted to notify that information.
Each respective HOME club is required to make an assessment about the conditions of MiniRoos fields.
When an assessment is made that MiniRoos fields are unsuitable for play, the HOME club will contact the respective opposition clubs to advise that the MiniRoos fields are CLOSED and that MiniRoos games are CANCELLED.
Where a fixture is scheduled at a neutral venue the host club shall contact Steve Mackney (0438 215 593).
Both clubs will be advised by FFNC when a decision is made to either relocate a fixture or to postpone a fixture.
FITNESS OF GROUNDS
Refer “Fitness of Grounds” (Competition Regulations and Procedures (9) (e)). We do NOT need to know if a field is doubtful, ONLY when it is closed.
PAYMENT TO MATCH OFFICIALS
The HOME club is liable for the match officials fees if insufficient notification of a field/ground closure is given to FFNC.
Where a fixture is scheduled at a neutral venue the host club shall contact Steve Mackney (0438 215 593). Both clubs will be advised by FFNC.