Grade 7 Contact Above the Shoulders

Report
Above the Shoulder
U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program
Grade 7 Referee Course
Amateur Adult Training
Importance
o Player safety is key
o Increased frequency
o Speed
o Physicality
o Severity
Indicators
o FIRE
o Frustration
o Intimidation
o Retaliation
o Establishing position
Tool vs. Weapon
Tool
o Used for balance
o Normal body movement
o Not moved toward opponent
o In position before contact is made
o Jumping with arm making contact
o Jumps up
o Not jumping up and into opponent
o Foul and misconduct
Weapon
o Used with excessive force
o Swung toward an opponent
o Makes contact with soft surface
o Face or neck
o Jumping with arm making contact
o Jumps up and into opponent
o Leads with the arm
o Red card
Evaluation
o Did the player jump up and into the
opponent?
o Did the player lead with the arm?
o Did the player move the arm toward the
opponent?
o Was the safety of the opponent endangered?
o What was the result of the contact?
o Was excessive force used?
Focus
o Contact during the run of play
o Attacker relieving pressure
o Defender impeding attacker
o Aerial
oRestarts and free kicks
o Off the ball
o Mass confrontation
o VC
Aerial Challenges
o Increased frequency
o Clearances
o Long balls
o Free kicks
o Restarts
o Players
o Speed
o Strength
Review Question
o What type of challenges most frequently
involve contact above the shoulder?
o Aerial
o Tactical
o Excessive force
o Tackles from behind
Review Question
o Is the arm considered being used as a
weapon if a player jumps up and into an
opponent or leads with an extended arm?
o Yes
o No
Review Question
o Does using the arm as a tool mean that the
player should always receive a yellow card?
o Yes
o No
Review Question
o Does using the arm as a weapon mean that
the player should always be issued a red
card?
o Yes
o No

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