On Saturday morning a mis-interpretation of a club tournament cancellation by a media outlet caused some confusion with fixtures for Junior and Youth football in West Auckland.
To help clear up any future issues, here is the process for fixture changes and recommended action for clubs, coaches, parents and players:
Northern Football Federation (NFF) works with clubs and on the advice of junior, youth and senior club coordinators as well as referees to gather information on whether to postpone matches.
Following the receipt of weekend ground restriction information from councils on a Friday afternoon, fixtures and changes are confirmed and posted on the NFF website and Social Media after 3:00pm. Grounds closures are generally not made by councils on Saturday mornings.
On match day, The responsibility sits with the parents/referees/clubs to assess the weather conditions and make a call on player safety.
On the call of the club co-ordinator/coaches/referees on site games can be abandoned due to weather conditions or ground playability. If a match is abandoned for any reason please advise the host club who must notify NFF.
In the event of serve weather conditions NFF may make a blanket cancellation but these are rarely used. Localised cancellations may be made if localised weather affects playing conditions.
If a blanket cancellation is made, Club co-ordinators will be advised to contact their coaches, managers, parents and players. Notifications will also be posted on the NFF website and Facebook Page.
Please consider all fixtures as on, unless you are contacted by your club/coach or listed here as cancelled/changed. It pays to check these on both Friday afternoon and Saturday Morning.
Note: NFF do not use Radio for cancellations in Auckland