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Soccer Positions

By Life Time Sport, 12/31/99, 12:00AM CST

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Soccer positions vary based on age and competitive level. Young players start by trying all roles, then, as they get older and more positions are introduced, they’ll likely find one they like to play more often than others. These are the four basic positions that set the foundation for the game.

Forwards

These players help to hold up or initiate play and create scoring opportunities.

Midfielders

These players help get the ball from one side of the field to the other, playing both offense and defense.

Defenders

These players help protect the goal, but do so from the field rather than the goal box.

Goalie

This player’s job is to defend the goal, blocking shots from the opposing team.