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Soccer position responsibility in a 8v8 soccer match. When coaching a young team, many teams play 8 players per side. Depending on the formation that you run, the number of players in each position may vary. I run a 2-3-2 formation. In this formation we use a goalie, 2 defenders, 3 midfielders and 2 forwards. Defenders are also called fullbacks, forwards are also called strikers and outside midfielders are call wingers. Now to their responsibilities.

The first soccer position is the simplest to explain. The goalie. His job is to protect the goal. He can use his hands inside the 18. He should be aggressive and have good hand eye coordination. Once he stops and controls the ball he should send it to the outside of the field to a midfielder or defender to send it up field.

The next soccer position is the defender. In an 8v8 setting you can use 2 or 3 players, I prefer 2. The defender should also be aggressive toward the ball, have a fair amount of speed, and the ability to close on the ball quickly. His job is to attack the ball and keep the offensive player from getting to the goal. He too should always clear the ball to the outside of the field and then send it forward to a midfielder.

Outside midfielder (winger) is the next soccer position. One on the right and one on the left. This position is used to give support to the defense and move the ball up the field. I use the winger to take the ball into the corner as often as possible. Once the ball is in the corner these wingers will pass the ball across the middle to the forwards for a shot. The wingers should also attack the goal when the forwards take a shot. Wingers should have good ball skills, speed and be very aggressive on offense.

Center midfielder is the next soccer position. This should be one of the best players on the field. He is expected to give support for every player on the his team (except the goalie). He has to be a defender, a midfielder and a forward. He should be aggressive toward the ball and fast enough to get into the play anywhere on the field.

The last soccer position is the forwards. Their job is to move the ball toward the goal and take the shots. They must be able to control the ball. Should be able to receive the ball as well as pass. Have good speed and good vision on the field. The forwards work hand and hand with the wingers and may sometimes swap positions in the middle of the play.

If you are running an 8v8 soccer team, having the right players in the right soccer position is key. You want your forwards and midfielders to be able to handle the ball. Your center midfielder to be in great condition to cover the entire field. Defenders should be aggressive toward the ball and move the ball to the outside of the field, and your goalie should have good hand eye coordination. Have a great season! Keep it Fun!


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