A Quickie Guide to the Different Positions in Soccer


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The Different Soccer Positions, Explained

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The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is a huge deal for soccer fanatics everywhere — especially considering the fact that the US is going for its third consecutive title. Then there are those of us who love gathering with friends to eat, drink, and cheer on our team, though we aren’t exactly experts on the ins and outs of the sport (the offsides rule is confusing, OK?). Well, there’s no time like the present for a crash course on what to expect from a soccer game, from how long a match is to whether or not a game can end in a tie. It’s worth a little Googling; I can attest that watching sports is so much more exciting when you know at least a little bit about what’s going on.

That brings us to the positions on the soccer field. The USWNT is bringing a team of 23 players to the World Cup, but at any given time, each team only has 11 players on the field — the goalkeeper and 10 outfielders, typically comprised of four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards. Here’s a guide to the different positions in women’s soccer and what each position entails.

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