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Position and Roles in Football for Beginners

Soccer known as football is the beautiful game. And, it’s estimated that more than 250 million people play the sport around the world. Some play on-field and some play fantasy football.  

However, whether a player is associated with the on-field or playing fantasy football league, he/she needs to understand who is doing what, and where, when the 22 players take to the field? So, let’s explore the position of footballers in the field and what their roles are: 

Goalkeeper 

  • The most defensive position in soccer
  • A major role is to stop goals of the opposition
  • Also organises the defence and builds play from the back 
  • Wears gloves, and a distinct coloured jersey from teammates 
  • Only player who can use their hands in 18 yard box 

Full-back 

  • Lines up either side of the defence 
  • Marks opposition wingers 
  • Provides support for the wide midfielder ahead of them 
  • May overlap and send crosses into the opposition box 
  • Often takes throw-ins 

Wing-back 

  • The modern variation of the full-back 
  • Overlaps and sends crosses into the opposition box 
  • Still marks opposition wingers when needed 
  • Expected to stay on their touchline 
  • One of the most physically demanding positions 

Centre-back (stopper) 

  • Shuts down opposition attackers 
  • May employ zonal or man-marking strategies 
  • Brings the ball out from the back 
  • Often tall and physically strong 
  • Bravery and heading ability desirable, for use in either box 

Centre-back (sweeper) 

  • A safety net for the stoppers alongside them 
  • Races to cover gaps when defence is breached 
  • Less concerned with man-marking 
  • Reads the game from deep 
  • Joins midfield build-up when in possession 

Centre-back (quarterback) 

  • Same, central defensive position as the stopper 
  • Also more likely to be used in a back three 
  • Keeping the ball as important as winning it back 
  • Confident in possession 
  • Greater onus on long, accurate passes 

Defensive midfielder (ball-winner) 

  • Sits in front of the defence 
  • Wins the ball back with tackles and interceptions 
  • Covers teammates when they go forward 
  • Harries opposition attackers 
  • Physically fit and tenacious 

Defensive midfielder (deep-lying playmaker) 

  • Sits in front of the defence 
  • Creative play-maker from deep 
  • Distributes to teammates, near and far 
  • Sets the team’s tempo 
  • Capable of tackling, though a secondary task 

Box-to-box midfielder 

  • Lines up in the middle of the field 
  • Equally adept at attacking and defending 
  • Maintains possession 
  • Tracks back to tackle and block shots 
  • Breaks into the opponent’s box and tries to score 

Wide midfielder 

  • Provides width in midfield 
  • Gives full-backs defensive protection 
  • Compresses play in opponents’ half 
  • May cross from deeper positions than wingers 
  • Combines speed and stamina 

Attacking midfielder 

  • Provides width in midfield 
  • Gives full-backs defensive protection 
  • Compresses play in opponents’ half 
  • May cross from deeper positions than wingers 
  • Combines speed and stamina 

Winger 

  • The widest attacking player 
  • Takes on opposition defenders 
  • Provides crosses into the box 
  • Meets crosses from the opposite wing 
  • Often the fastest player on the field 

Inverted winger 

  • Same starting position as the traditional winger 
  • Left-footers on the right and vice versa 
  • Cuts inside to shoot or create chances 
  • Drags opposition full-backs out of position 
  • Also meets chances at the back post 

False 9 

  • Starts up front near the opposition goal 
  • Replaces the traditional striker in most formations 
  • Drops deep to pull opposition defenders out of position 
  • Often a converted midfielder 
  • Dribbles and creates chances 

Forward 

  • Plays between midfield and attack 
  • Assists the striker in scoring goals 
  • Elusive and difficult to mark 
  • More versatile than the target-man 
  • Vision, technical skill and creativity 

Striker 

  • Closest player to the opponent’s goal 
  • Responsible for scoring goals 
  • Holds the ball up until teammates can join the attack 
  • Harries opposition defenders 
  • Physically strong 

Enjoy reading and playing online football! 

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