German referee Bibiana Steinhaus halted the game in the fourth minute as thunder rumbled. The stadium announcer cited a lightning threat and asked fans to take refuge under the stands until the weather passed.
The game was tied 0-0 at the time.
Rain lashed Commonwealth Stadium immediately after the early China-Netherlands game ended, leaving the Canadians and New Zealanders to warm up in a downpour. The rain continued at kickoff.
There was a severe thunderstorm watch for the Edmonton area.