A lot of the predicted bad weather for Saturday didn’t eventuate across the regions and has prompted some questions from players and parents as to why games were postponed.
NFF postponed local junior and youth football based not only on the forecast but also on the restrictions that were imposed on grounds by the council. Due to the weather leading up to the weekend, the council’s had advised us that many of the grounds were very wet and that they would still be unplayable even on a fine Saturday. These conditions would affect playability as well as players safety.
Additionally, we were advised that any play on them would severely compromise the state of the fields for the remainder of the season. Even though the sun was shining, there were still a number of games that weren’t postponed that required either shifting or due to the amount of surface water still covering the pitches.
Blanket postponements are a last resort for NFF, and only happen based on information provided to us from the local council’s and weather reports. Where possible matches will be re-scheduled and you will be notified of these changes.
For future communication regarding fixtures, please remind your club members and parents about the naming protocols of competitions. There were reports of confusion from some as to who was on and who was off.
HW – is the Harbour/Waitakere youth league (13th – 17th grade youth football)
SW – is the Small Whites Junior League (9th to 12th grades)
Metro Youth League, Conference Youth League and Girls Combined League are the names for the youth football played between AFF and NFF teams. This football was unaffected by the postponements on Saturday morning. We are now hearing that a number of teams were advised that this was off.