Heat forces changes to protect players in youth soccer tournament

Kids from around the country are having to cope with the heat during a soccer tournament in North Texas.

Teams and parents at the King Tut Tournament in Northwest Dallas used every trick and tool to beat Friday’s record-breaking heat.

The heat was so forceful that the tournament instituted a contingency plan. No teams will play more than 30 minute halves. Those halves will be broken up with water breaks every 10 minutes.

“Soccer is a game of flow, and fitness is a big part of it,” said FC Dallas Tournament Director Jesse McNeil. “And to have a kind of timeout, if you will, is not normal. But you have to do something for the players.”

The tournament also added tents for more shade, tubs available for ice baths and athletic trainers keeping an eye on conditions.

Tournament organizers say with the modifications they are making, they can play the tournament and do so safely.

“We even had a girls’ team come from Panama,” McNeil said. “So we wanted to provide the opportunity for everybody to play. That’s why we came up with the modifications that we did.”

For now, it's game on and use every tactic necessary to come out victorious against a blistering Texas summer.

Some of the parents said they made sure to keep their kids inside all day so their only time outside is game time.

The tournament will continue through Sunday.     

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