As one of the most skilled soccer positions on the pitch, the fullback must be able to read the game, knowing when to get forward and attack or when to drop back and defend. But it’s important to remember that their first job is to defend and support their center backs.
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While centrebacks used to simply lump the ball upfield, the modern-day centreback plays a key role in keeping the ball and passing it forwards or to the sides. This is why they need to have a decent level of technical skills and be cool under pressure when the opposition’s strikers press them and try and force them into mistakes.
Traditionally Assigned Soccer Position Numbers: 2, 3 & 4. In contemporary football, center-backs constitute the last defensive line in the central area of the field. Their responsibility is to ...
Position: 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
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3/2 – Wingback (LWB, RWB): This position defends like other defensive backs but is a more offensive position, like a winger. They play wide left and right, running up and down the field. This position requires a lot of stamina and can be more physically demanding than other positions. 5 – Sweeper (SW): This position isn’t as common nowadays. When used, this player positions themselves between the goalie and the main defensive line.
Forwards, midfielders, and defenders are split into more specific positions based on their coverage of the left, center, or right sides of the field. The difference on how far forward or back each position covers is determined by the specific position, which we will cover next.
Left/Right Fullback: The fullback in soccer is the wide defensive position. Their main job is to defend from wide positions, usually stopping opposition wingers from getting crosses into the box. In the modern era they also have a job when attacking, in supporting the wide midfielders or wingers.