Premier League and EFL matches this weekend are set to feature water breaks as England in light of soaring summer temperatures.
The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning which came into force on Thursday and covers the rest of this week.
It is understood that any match in the EFL or Premier League where the temperature is forecast to hit at least 30 degrees Celsius is set to feature a cooling break midway through each half to enable players, coaches and officials to rehydrate and cool down.
Temperatures in the area covered by the heat warning are expected to get into the low to mid-30s.
A break was called in Sunday's Premier League match between West Ham and Manchester City while evening games in the Carabao Cup first round earlier this week – including Coventry v Bristol City – also featured water breaks.