The goalkeeper position is the most specialised of all positions on the field. Unlike other players, goalkeepers may touch the ball with any part of their body while in their own penalty area. Outside of their penalty area, goalkeepers have the same restrictions as other field players. They are also “protected” from active interference by opponents within their own goal area, an action punishable by fouling.
Perhaps the most spectacular move a goalkeeper routinely performs is the extension dive. To execute this maneuver properly, the athlete pushes off the ground with the foot nearest to the ball, launching himself into a horizontal position. After making the catch, the goalkeeper brings the ball to the ground before his body, so as to cushion his landing and avoid injury. Learn More
The job of the centre back, centre half, central defender, or stopper is to stop opposing players, particularly the strikers, from scoring, and to bring the ball out from their penalty area. As their name suggests, they play in a central position. Learn More
Full backs take up the wide defensive positions, one on each side of the field. Their main task is to prevent opposition players crossing or cutting the ball back into the penalty area. In some defensive systems, full backs man-mark opponents. Most full backs are also expected to provide an attacking dimension by getting upfield, engaging in interplay with the wingers and providing crosses.
In the modern game, full backs have taken on a more offensive role than is the case traditionally. Wingerless formations such as the diamond 4-4-2 formation demand the full back to cover considerable ground up and down the flank. Learn More
A defensive midfielder or a holding midfielder (ball winner) is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the back defenders for defensive reasons, thus “holding back” the freedom of the opponents to attack. They know their role and perform it extremely well. Learn More
Playmaker / Attacking Mid
Playmaker (attacking mid) is an attacking player who controls the flow of the team’s offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals. The term overlaps somewhat with attacking midfielder, but playmakers are not constrained to a single position — creativity is the only true requirement, and good passing ability and tactical awareness help. Because many midfielders have these attributes, they tend to be the playmakers of a team. They are sometimes called the “number 10” of the team. Learn More
A winger or wide midfielder is a midfielder located on the wing of the midfield. Traditionally, wingers were purely attacking players who hugged the touch line and were not expected to track back and defend. This began to change around the time of the 1966 World Cup, when England manager Alf Ramsey led a team without natural wingers to the championship. This team was known as the “Wingless Wonders” and led to the modern 4-4-2 formation. Learn More
Center Forward / Goal Scorer
Every team needs a goal scorer, also known as the center forward or striker, the player who knows how to finish. This type of player knows that positioning and movement off the ball is the key to being at the right place at the right time. Their hunger for scoring makes them a constant threat to other teams and their precision is immaculate. A goal scorer always have an unique way to celebrate their goals. Learn More