“If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.”
If lightning can be seen or thunder heard, all open field activity should cease, and players, parents, and coaches should seek shelter indoors. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute safety slogan – “If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.” Do not return to the field until it has been 30 minutes since the last thunder and/or lightning.
On average 90 people are killed every year by lightning – that’s nearly two per state – with 275 average injuries per year. These are easily prevented by respecting lightning. EBU Soccer and Wisconsin Youth Soccer supports the standards of the NLSI and requests that all coaches, referees, and parents follow the simple guidelines to insure the safety of our players and spectators.