If you‘ve just been donned a New Soccer Mom or you‘re trying to learn a little more about the game, getting more into the lingo of it all can be overwhelming.
As you‘re watching a game or two, you might notice that the commentator is referring to a player‘s position as a number as opposed to its name. And although a player‘s jersey number will be the same as that player‘s position on the field, sometimes they won‘t be–completely throwing you off!
If you‘re a player, your coach might call out to you on the fly to move to “6” or “10”. And instead of asking your teammates around you in a panic, while your team, I‘m going to present you with a breakdown of the numbers of soccer positions:
The Goalkeeper: #1
Found between the posts, locked into the ultimate defensive position, this No. 1 position is the first in the attack and your team‘s last line of defense.
A goalkeeper‘s must-have: Top-of-the-line Youth AND Adult Goalie Goalkeeper Gloves, Not only does it have a strong enough grip to stop even the hardest of shots, but it‘s designed with finger-saver protection to help prevent injuries.
The Defenders: #2, #3, #4, #5
Depending on the team‘s formation, your position in the back can change—from sweeper-stopper to a flat-back four to a more offensive three in the back. But one thing remains the same, a defender is a defender, responsible for controlling the soccer field in the team‘s half and starting the attack in the defensive third.
The best cleats for defenders: The Nike Tiempo Legend is great to get a feel of the ball and give a defender ultimate soccer quality control (which is a must in the back). A defender needs to be able to quickly change direction, which is helpful with this cleat‘s light build.
The Midfielders: #6, #7, #8, #10, #11
The formation will also dictate how your midfielders will be arranged! The holding midfielder is generally #6 or #8. The attacking center mid will be the ever-famous, vision-centered #10.
Your wingers or outside midfielders will have #7 and #11 on the back of their jerseys. Responsible for being extremely fit to run up and down the line, you‘ll need light cleats on your feet.
The best cleats for midfielders: The Adidas Predator 19.3 is a synthetic-sole soccer shoe, lightweight for players who need to run–a lot. With hybrid stud tips, you have the build you need to run for 90 minutes and conquer the midfield.
The Forwards: #9, #10, #11
Whether you‘re the lone striker up top or share the responsibility with the best, a forward needs soccer cleats that are able to strike, and strike well.
The best cleats for forwards: The Adidas Men’s Nemeziz, named after one of the best forwards in football history, this soccer cleat is a shoe fit for a striker. Its synthetic upper molds comfortably on your feet so you‘re as one with the soccer field as you can be. Annihilate your defenders and become their “Nemeziz”.
Whether soccer fan or forward, familiarizing yourself with the various positions can help you take your soccer mastery to the next level.
Hope that helps,