The positions in soccer are one of the basic fundamentals to know, whether you are a seasoned player or just starting out. The general positions are forward, midfielder, defender, and goalkeeper.
Each position has a specific area of the field that they cover. This includes how far back or forward and how far left or right their territory spans. 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.
Each team has 11 players on a field. This includes 10 outfielders and a goalkeeper. The most common setup is known as the 4-4-2. This has four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards.
- Defender (Centre-back, Sweeper, Full-back, Wing-back)
- Midfielder (Centre midfield, Defensive midfield, Attacking midfield, Wide midfield)
- Forward (Centre forward, Second striker, Winger)