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Soccer positions: The numbers, player roles & basic formations

By DICK'S Sporting Goods, 08/26/19, 4:45PM EDT

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By Rachael Kriger | DICK'S Sporting Goods

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on protips.dickssportinggoods.com. DICK’S Sporting Goods is the Official Sporting Goods Retail Partner of US Club Soccer.

Soccer is not an individual sport. It’s a game that requires constant communication among teammates and understanding your role on the pitch. Doing your job means you’re contributing to the team as a whole.

However, your role can change in the blink of an eye. Soccer formations are set up to help players get organized on the pitch. Understanding your position helps you do your job.

What’s your number on the field? What’s the difference between a sweeper and a center back? Learn defensive, midfield and offensive formations and positions by viewing the entire article in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pro Tips section here.

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