FIFA To Introduce Water Breaks At This Summer's World Cup In Brazil
FIFA has accepted Italy coach Cesare Prandelli’s proposal "to introduce ‘water breaks’ in exceptionally hot weather" at this year's World Cup in Brazil, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. Prandelli "had pushed for this safeguard to be put in place, particularly when playing in the Amazonian areas of the country in the afternoon." FIFA Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak: "With respect to the high temperatures in some parts of Brazil during the competition, all the decisions we make are based on scientific data." It is believed these breaks "will be for three or four minutes every half-hour of football" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 2/15).