What is the the soccer fullback position?

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The soccer Fullback position’s primary role is to play defense – stopping the offense from scoring. Typically, the players at this position play closest to the goalkeeper, flanking the goalkeeper’s left and right sides. However, it is not uncommon for the Fullbacks to be implemented into an attacking offensive scheme from time to time.

The makeup of a soccer Fullback.

Soccer Fullbacks have a tendency to be small, quick and fast. It is also very beneficial if these players are blessed with both good stamina and a strong leg … particularly when the coach is inclined to have the Fullbacks involved with the offense.

The Forwards typically find themselves in the best positions on the soccer field to take advantage of the goalie’s positioning – scoring goals in the process.

The reason is that if you’re playing Fullback, when asked to be part of the offense, you’re required to run the entire field – more so than any other position. If lacking stamina, you can easily become wiped out in a very short period of time.

The leg of a soccer Fullback.

When on an offensive attack the Fullback is often positioned along the perimeter of the offense closest to the middle of the field. Because of the distance from the goal, having a strong leg gives the soccer Fullback a chance to make a strong bid for a goal.

As the Fullback, you’re also required to get the ball out of your defensive zone. This may be accomplished through a short pass to an open teammate, or a long pass. Once again, the long pass will require leg strength.

What is the the soccer fullback position?

If your leg is not capable of strong, long kicks you may be better suited for a Striker or Midfielder position.

Quick and fast … a potent combination.

As a soccer Fullback, being quick gives you the ability to quickly attack the offense, minimizing your opponent’s options and forcing her to make a mistake by turning the ball over to you or one of your teammates.

Speed is a little different than quickness. Having speed gives you the ability to get back into your defensive position in little time when asked to be involved with more than the standard defensive play, such as being included in an attacking offense.

This is particularly helpful should the opposing team start a fast break as speed is an essential component of preventing the fast break.

The role of the soccer Fullback.

There are several roles you should partake in when on the field as a soccer Fullback.

While flanking either side of the Goalkeeper on defense, your principle role is to keep the attacking team from moving the ball from the sidelines part of the field toward the inside and the goalkeeper.

Do this by directing the ball wide of the goal toward the wings (the sides of the field) when you have the opportunity and by disrupting any crossing attacks using blocking and tackling tactics.

When your team is on offense, you should “help balance the field” by moving toward the middle of the field. If your coach has implemented an attacking defense you might be instructed to cross over to your opponent’s side of the field while expanding your team’s spacing by being wide toward the sidelines.

But, remember. As mentioned above, if the opposing team should cause a fast break you have to be ready to run hard to break up their move … particularly when somewhat out of position when in an attacking offense.