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A Brief Overview of Soccer Positions

DEFENSE PLAYERS:

Right Fullback, Left Fullback, Sweeper, Stopper

Functions of Fullbacks:

  • Ability to create width (spread out) the attacking offence
  • Man-to-Man marking (man-to-man defence) or space marking (zone defence)
  • Create balance for cover.
  • Start the attack out of the Defensive end.

Functions of Stopper:

  • To defend against opponent's centre forward.
  • To deny the ball to the opposing forwards
  • To help support the mid-fielders
  • Must possess following attributes:
  • Ability to mark (defend) tightly
  • Speed.
  • Intensity.
  • Strength.

Functions of Sweeper:

  • Must be aware at all times of the following
    • Where the ball is
    • Where the opponents are
    • Where the teammates are...
    • Where the goal is...
    • Where the off-sides is...
    • Where the goalie is...

MID-FIELD PLAYERS:

Right Mid-Fielder, Left Mid-Fielder, Centre Mid-Fielders

Functions of Mid-Fielders:

  • Creativity
  • Distribution of the balls to proper channels (passing lanes)
  • Must possess the rhythm or flow of the game
  • Vision and pace
  • Ability to see and/or change the point of an attack
  • Possess Offensive and Defensive skills.

FORWARDS:

Right Wing, Left Wing, Centre Forward

Functions of Forwards:

  • Shooting.
  • Scoring.
  • Heading.
  • Dribbling.
  • Maintaining position (creating space)
  • Speed.
  • Pass and move.
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