Chelsea’s Women’s Super League match at home to Liverpool was abandoned after six minutes on Sunday as players repeatedly slipped on the frozen pitch.
An inspection took place at Kingsmeadow at 09:30 GMT and the game went ahead as scheduled three hours later.
But referee Paul Howard swiftly stopped the action, deeming the conditions too dangerous to play on.
“The game should never have started. We have to put player safety first,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.
Ground staff had used covers and heat blowers to thaw the pitch in Kingston upon Thames, but Howard said too many slips had happened in the opening moments of the game for it to continue safely.
Some visiting fans had set off at 5am to see their side take on the WSL leaders in the first game of the day.
- 19Rytting Kaneryd
- 19van de Sanden
Match abandoned due to frozen pitch, Chelsea Women 0, Liverpool Women 0.
First Half ends, Chelsea Women 0, Liverpool Women 0.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).
Attempt blocked. Fuka Nagano (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emma Koivisto with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Melissa Lawley.
Jess Carter (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shanice van de Sanden (Liverpool Women).
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.