Playing Positions

A player's playing position is his initial reference point for positioning himself relative to his teammates in both the attacking phases and the defensive phases.

The main playing positions that can be used by a team are:

These playing positions are shown in the diagram below. The team's own goal is on the left and the opposition team's goal is on the right. The diagram is not to scale and is only meant to show the relative nature of the different playing positions.

Playing Positions

Traditional Playing Positions

The traditional eleven playing positions used in the late 19th century were:

All other playing positions and terms included in the list of main playing positions above have been added during later development of the game.

Categories of Playing Positions

The following broad categories of playing positions are referred to in this guide: