Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) has welcomed the decision to delay the kick-offs of Sunday’s A-League and W-League matches between Adelaide United and Perth Glory.

With forecasts predicting temperatures in excess of 40° Celsius, Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that matches originally scheduled to begin at 1.30pm and 4.30pm local time would be delayed by two and a half hours.

Having been in regular contact with FFA throughout the week, PFA Player Relations Manager, Simon Colosimo, said the decision was a welcomed one.

“Throughout the week the players expressed their concerns to the PFA and these were raised with FFA,” said Colosimo. “It is pleasing to see that action has been taken.

“The PFA will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that player health and safety is not put at risk, specifically in regards to the earlier W-League clash.

“It is important that players can play in conditions conducive to producing football of the highest quality. This is in the best interests of all stakeholders. Better football equals more fans and this is fundamental if we are to continue to grow the game.”