Policy on Air Quality and Practices

AFC Community,

The AFC Board would like to communicate our Air Quality Policy, what tools we use to evaluate it and how we determine when practices will proceed or be cancelled.

AFC’s Vice President and the Director of Coaching will make all final decisions related to air quality and the safety of playing soccer outdoors. We will try to inform all families one and a half (1.5) hours before the start of practices and games to allow families time to change schedules. However, please note that in some cases the cancellations decisions could be made in under the time specified above as air quality can change rapidly.

If the average AQI for Oakland, Hayward or Castro Valley and adjacent field locations reaches 101 or higher then practices must be cancelled for the safety and welfare of our players and coaches.

No teams may practice outdoors or participate in games when this threshold level is reached. AFC currently uses the PurpleAir.com air quality monitoring website and will base decisions on the data provided. AFC uses the US EPA 2.5 PM AQI data source together with 10 min averaged value and the US EPA correction applied.

For away games AFC will honor the air quality policy of the hosting club. However, under no circumstance shall an AFC team play a game at an AQI > 150.

Parents are encouraged to use their own best judgement when deciding what is best for the health of their players.

For the current real-time AQI forecast provided by Purple Air, click on the image below.


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