2014 WORLD CUP BRAZIL
FIFA to authorize rest periods for hydration at Brazil 2014
Match officials will have the power to temporarily halt games if temperatures exceed 32 degrees C with 85% humidity.
FIFA is expected to grant permission for match officials to temporarily stop matches at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil in extreme playing conditions. Should temperatures exceed 32 degrees Centigrade and humidity reach 85%, referees, team captains and will have the authority to ask the fourth official to stop the match, allowing players to intake liquids to prevent dehydration.
At 2014 World Cup Brazil, 18 games will kick off at 13:00 hours local time – when conditions could exceed the limits outlined by the chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee, Michel D’Hooghe.
The new regulation was advised after the World Player’s Union FIFPro threatened FIFA with legal action if they maintained the current timetable with a number of games kicking off at 13:00 hours. Several association members, such as Italy, have also made official complaints about the early kick-off times.
Rinaldo Martinelli, the president of Brazil’s National Federation of Professional Footballers (Fenapaf) submitted a report detailing the investigations of doctors affiliated with the Brazilian Institute of Sport Physiology which highlighted the risks sportsmen are subjected to when exposed to conditions of extreme temperature and humidity. A number of the host cities at 2014 Brazil, such as Manaus, Brasilia and Fortaleza, are likely to experience temperatures in excess of 30 degrees and humidity levels of close to 88% during the months of June and July.