Environmental conditions can significantly impact player health and safety. Extreme temperatures, severe weather and the integrity of the playing field and its equipment all impact players’ ability to practice and compete safely. U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program gives players, parents, coaches and referees information and guidelines to make sure the desire to play does not cloud the decision-making process when it comes to evaluating environmental conditions to ensure the safety of those on the field.
The league adheres to the national guidelines concerning thunderstorm and lightening activity. That is if thunder or lightening is heard or is seen the game/practice is to be stopped immediately and all participants and spectators are to go to their cars immediately.