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.
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.
Fields 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
MONDAY TO FRIDAY
► BEFORE 12.00pm (for fixtures scheduled for that day)
Clubs MUST phone (6625 1444) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Football Far North Coast if home ground is closed
► BEFORE 12.00pm Friday (for Friday night and weekend fixtures)
Clubs can phone (6625 1444) OR e-mail (email@example.com) Football Far North Coast if home ground is closed. Football Far North Coast will advise all visiting teams and referees, as well as updating the information on our website at www.footballfarnorthcoast.com.au (where possible)
► AFTER 12.00pm Mon-Fri. – (for mid-week evening fixtures)
If the home club’s ground is deemed unsuitable for play after 12.00pm, the home club will be responsible for the following:
1. Call Steve Mackney (0438 215 593) and seek instructions on any potential rescheduling.
2. Advise all visiting clubs of the ground closure immediately by telephone. Refer to the FFNC website under Club Headquarters > “Club Contacts” for contact details.
If the home club’s ground is deemed unsuitable for play after 12.00pm FRIDAY, the home club will be responsible for advice to all opposition teams and to Steve Mackney (0438 215 593).
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 postponement 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.