Get ClimateReady

Does climate change mean football’s not coming home?

What's been happening?

Around a third of grassroots pitches are already losing six weeks to two months of play a year from flooding due to severe weather1.

A number of Met Office attribution studies have shown that some heavy rainfall events in the UK in recent years associated with flooding can be attributed to human-caused climate change.

What can fans and clubs do?

If you want to look at ways to protect your club from severe weather, you could consider reducing the club's carbon emissions and take action to improve your grounds maintenance to help with flooding issues. Find out more.

What does the future hold?

A recent study2 reported that by 2050, a quarter of UK football grounds will be flooded. 

Events such as the wettest February on record in 2020 or the record-breaking rainfall seen on 3 October 2020, are expected to become more frequent by 2100 due to climate change.

Future climate change is projected to bring about a change in the intensity and seasonality of extreme weather, with more heavy rainfall occurring in the autumn. 

What will be the impact on football pitches?

The exact impact will depend on the exposure and vulnerability of specific grounds and pitches to heavy rainfall. Your club may already have experienced flooding so you may have some understanding of whether this occurs during heavy rainfall or as a result of river flooding. 

Learn more

If you'd like to know more about the science behind the information above, take a look at our 2-page guide for further detail. 

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1Sports and Recreation Alliance (2014) Alliance Survey referenced in Rapid Transition Alliance: Playing against the clock (2020)

2Rapid Transition Alliance (Playing against the clock (2020)