People often ask about the positions of players on a soccer field, so this article should prove an appropriate response: I’ll take you through all the different positions and let you know what each position involves. If you’re at all unsure about the soccer positions then let this guide start you off on your way to increasing your sporting knowledge. It is not the purpose here to give you a detailed explanation, but to give a brief and simple description that will hopefully be ideal to set you off…
The first position to mention is the goalkeeper. As the name suggests, it is basically his job to stop the opposition from scoring in his goal. Inside his own penalty area, he may use his hands to help him prevent the other team scoring and this is the main difference between the goalkeeper and the outfield players: the goalie stays back to protect the goal by saving shots and through dominating his goal area (with the use of his hands).
In front of the keeper are the defenders and it is also their job to stop the opposition from scoring, but they may not use their hands. In most teams today there are four defenders: a left back, two centre backs and a right back. As you look at the soccer field, the right and left backs will line up just in front of the penalty area on their respective sides, with the centre backs covering the middle. In short, the defense are at the back and spread across the pitch.
The line in front of the defense is the midfield, normally consisting of a right midfielder, a left midfielder and two centre midfielders. As you might guess from this information, they are aligned in the middle across the width of the park. Usually the right and left midfielders move forwards to help the team attack, whilst one central midfielder also helps support the attack and the other tracks back to help the defense.
In learning about the positions of players on a soccer field, the final point is the strikers- normally two. Though they track back during the game, they are positioned the furthest forwards towards the opposition’s goal as it is their job to score the goals and win matches for their team!
Hopefully it has been possible to give a short introduction to the names and roles of the different positions of players on a soccer field and to encourage you to read even more in detail about what each position involves. Beyond the scope of this article, it is fascinating to know the roles of each position and how each player moves around (from their natural position) in games to fulfill different tasks- the actual line up is therefore just the beginning!