BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The Schwan’s USA Cup youth soccer tournament suspended play for three hours due to the steamy heat Sunday afternoon.

Tournament officials at the National Sports Center in the Twin Cities suburb of Blaine say the suspension took effect with games that were due to start at 1 p.m. Schwan’s USA Cup spokesman Barclay Kruse says play resumed at 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service says it was 91 degrees in Blaine at 1 p.m. with a heat index of 110.

Kruse says the safety of players, fans, volunteers and staff is paramount, and tournament officials wanted to avoid any problems before they develop. He says there were no reports of anyone falling ill from the heat.

The tournament began Friday and runs through Saturday, but no games are scheduled for Monday. It has drawn more than 900 teams from 20 states and 17 countries.

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Comments (8)
  1. thankful says:

    I am thankful they did. Finally, someone with sense enough to suspend outdoor activities when it is dangerous to be that active in this heat/humidity

  2. DARREN says:

    YEAH, lets do the games in January. WHen its not as warm out. Its summer people, its going to get hot some days, drink alot of fluids, stretch your muscles, I did it when I was a teenager, this shouldn’t even be an issue, sounds to me like a money deal.

  3. Simple says:

    Yes the fine officials at the Blaine complex that lost tax payer dollars last year investing in soccer team and a league that will soon fold. Great move that was.

  4. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Why don’t they permanently reschedule these games during spring or fall? July is the hottest time of the year. Each year you hear of people being overcome from the heat at these soccer events. This is as predictable as the high school basketball and hockey snowstorm. Show some concern for these kids playing and those in the stands.

    1. shazam says:

      Nancy did you fall and hit your head? It is a tournament, not league play.

    2. The Architect says:

      My son played in soccer District playoffs all weekend. No suspensions for the heat. The MYSA guidelines state there is a 5 minute water break each half and games are shortened 5 minutes per half.

      All the boys survived and none complained of headaches or nausea. We played yesterday from 10am through noon including overtime and a shootout.

      Nancy, I agree with the other commenter that suggested you suffered a brain injury. Think, sweet heart. Think.

  5. Soccer fanatic says:

    It’s a tiny backdrop about the historical past of little league, operate was established, as well as what is the effect associated with soccer during the past years.Soccer