Just like in any sports game, also in football there are many different positions. Each position has it own specific task in the game. Basically these tasks differ from defending to scoring. The very basic division into positions of football players is categorized into four – goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, and forwards.
Probably everyone knows what the main task of goalkeeper is – to keep opponent from scoring. Goalkeeper probably is the most distinctive position among all others. First of all, that is, because goalkeeper, unlike all the other players, is able to throw the ball with hands if he is inside the penalty area. Although the main task for goalie is to defense from scoring, he also give valuable contribution in attacking, because he makes goal kicks and ball throws to teammates which can be very valuable if they are done strategic, precisely and correct. Also goalkeeper must keep the ball far away from goal area, although that is the main task of defender.
So defenders must keep the ball away from goalkeeper. They are like bodyguards of goalkeeper – they have to make sure opponents won’t be able to get close to him. Usually there are four defenders in each team, but the count is variable. If there are four defenders than two of them are center-backs, which are located in the middle, and two full-backs, from which one is located on the left side and other on the right side. There can also be such defender position as wing-back, which basically is the full-back that advances up to the opponent’s goal end.
Midfielders link between the defense and offense. Their task is to bring the ball to the forwards in attack and prevent the ball from reaching the defenders. So basically they are connecting two other positions. They are very useful in the game, because without them it is difficult for forwards to score. There are many types of midfielders. Defending midfielder is located in the middle, right in front of the defensive line. Central midfielders are located in the centre of the field. There can also be attacking midfielder which is first one inclined to attack.
Forwards are considered as the main players, because they are the ones how usually scores. Every forwarder must have a great ability to control the ball, but there are many types of forwarders which have different tasks. Centre-forwards are located very close to opponents’ goal. The main task of them is to score the goals through passes from the teammates, but also they must distract other teams’ defenders. Second-forwards are located behind the centre-forwards. They are the main scorers. There can also be other types of forwards, but they are used less often.
Every position is very important in the game, but the main key of success in the game of football is the teamwork. All these positions must learn how to work together and understand each other during every situation in game.