So I figured that people wanted to know what I was talking about when I said “midfielder” or “center back” or any of the other wonderful soccer positions. I’m not gonna get too detailed into it, but a basic overview is always a good thing.
Okay, so there are four main groups: Attacker (or forward), midfielder, Defender (or fullback), and goalie.
Let’s start with the easiest one: goalie. The goalie’s job is to keep the ball out of the net. He’s easy to identify because his uniform is slightly different and he’s wearing gloves. He’s also the only one that can legally pick up the ball with his hands, but he can only do that while he’s in the goalie area, marked by a square in front of the net.
Moving down from the net are the defenders, or fullbacks. Their main goal is to keep the opposing team from getting too close to the net.
After them are the midfielders. The midfield positions play a linking role between the fullbacks and the forwards. There are two types of midfielders: offensive (or attacking) midfielders, and defensive midfielders. The attacking midfielder plays right behind the forward and assists in the offensive by passing the balls and setting up goals. The defensive midfielders are usually assigned to mark the opposition’s best forwards.
The forwards are at the front line. Their job is to score as many goals as possible.
There are other positions as well.
The winger is an outside forward or midfielder who plays on the sides of the field. Their goal is to provide their team with support and passes so that they can shoot at the goal.
The striker is a forward that is the team’s main scoring threat, and can score if given the chance.
The sweeper, or stopper, will add an additional layer of defence, either between the goalie and the fullbacks (sweeper), or the fullbacks and the midfielders (stopper). The stopper also guards the best scorer on the opposing team.
I hope this helped and hasn’t confused anyone. In my opinion, you only really need to know the four main ones. With those, you can watch and understand the game. Knowing and understanding the others is just icing on the cake.