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Various tactical schemes are used in soccer; among the best known is the 4-4-2, a formation with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards.
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See player positions in : french | spanish
forward right back right midfielder defensive midfielder goalkeeper striker left midfielder defensive midfielder left back stopper sweeper

forward click to hear : forward

Offensive position usually placed behind the striker; this player uses speed to make crisp accurate passes.

right back click to hear : right back

Defensive position that covers the right side of the field; this player’s role is to impede an opponent’s progress toward the goal.

right midfielder click to hear : right midfielder

Center position that plays on the right side of the field; this player uses playmaking skills to pass the ball to the forwards.

defensive midfielder click to hear : defensive midfielder

Center position; this player tries to take the ball from the opponent before that player reaches the defenders and quickly mount a counterattack.

goalkeeper click to hear : goalkeeper

Position whose role is to prevent the ball from entering the goal; this is the only player allowed to touch the ball with the hands.

striker click to hear : striker

Offensive position whose main role is to score goals; this player plays a forward position in the opposing team’s zone.

left midfielder click to hear : left midfielder

Center position that plays on the left side of the field; this player uses playmaking skills to pass the ball to the forwards.

defensive midfielder click to hear : defensive midfielder

Center position; this player tries to take the ball from the opponent before that player reaches the defenders and quickly mount a counterattack.

left back click to hear : left back

Defensive position that covers the left side of the field; this player’s main role is to slow or stop an opponent’s progress toward the goal.

stopper click to hear : stopper

Position that stays back, marks an opposing forward and prevents that player from being in a scoring position.

sweeper click to hear : sweeper

Position that stays back, anticipates defensive mistakes by teammates and makes up for them; this player is not required to closely mark an opposing player.