Lightning Strikes Soccer Players in Germany


Lightning strikes soccer players as unseasonal storms hit southern Germany

Lightning strikes 15 soccer players in Germany - Total lightning analysis

Sometimes an athlete’s greatest opponent is in the sky.

Lightning struck and injured 15 soccer players in southern Germany on 9 August 2019. The players were practicing on Friday night at a soccer field in Rosenfeld-Heiligenzimmern when the incident occurred.

Lightning strike injuries can range from dizziness, to eye issues, to burns. Luckily, this lightning strike only caused minor injuries to the 15 players. Following the strike, they visited the hospital as a precaution.

Lightning Strikes Soccer Players | Total Lightning Analysis

Our Earth Networks Total Lightning Network detected 129 total lightning pulses within a five-hour period. These lightning strikes occurred within a 10-mile radius around Rosenfeld-Heiligenzimmern.

Total lightning analysis for 10-mile radius around Germany soccer field where lightning strikes 15 soccer players on August 9, 2019

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The purple strikes show in-cloud pulses. The yellow strikes show cloud-to-ground pulses. The image below shows a zoomed-in perspective of our lightning detection from 15:00 UTC to 20:00 UTC on 9 August 2019.

Zoomed-in perspective of total lightning analysis from when 15 German soccer players were struck by lightning on August 9, 2019

It’s important to note that our alerting technology could have prevented these injuries. Our total lightning network detected a nearby in-cloud pulse at 17:57 UTC, which would have provided at least several minutes of advanced warning for the footballers to seek shelter.

⚡ What’s Total Lightning?

Total lightning is the combination of in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. It’s so important to monitor total lightning rather than cloud-to-ground only because in-cloud lightning strikes make up approximately 80% of all lightning pulses.

Lightning and Sports

When people talk about weather safety and sports, they often focus on the dangers of heat. It’s true that heat-related illnesses have recently caused a lot of injuries and deaths throughout the world, but those in the industry can’t forget about the threat of lightning.

Lightning strikes often injure players because of insufficient warnings or the desire to finish a game or practice. That’s why it’s so important to have an outdoor alerting system that’s impossible to ignore and predetermined severe weather protocol to keep players, fans, and employees safe.

Learn More About Total Lightning

Our lightning network helps us investigate incidents like this one, but it also helps us understand overall weather patterns. You can learn more about recent total lightning activity in the U.S. by reading our 2019 Mid-Year Lightning Report.

This free report highlights the importance of total lightning detection’s role in understanding overall weather patterns.


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