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Are you planning on signing your kids up for fall soccer but you're worried because you don't know very much about soccer? Typically I hand out a sheet at the beginning of the season, but most coaches don't, but I have you covered. Here is my list!
Goal Keeper (Goalie): This is a defense position. The purpose of this position is to keep the ball out of the net. Typically, the goal keeper stays inside the goal area to stop the ball and return it to the field of play as fast as possible. They also catch goal kicks and penalty kicks. This is a basic position and one a child can learn quickly.
They do have the ability to leave the goal if needed on the field. The goal keeper is bound to the goal only as long as the coach tells them to stay. If the game is close, or the coach feels they need another player to score, the goal keeper can go to the field and help their teammates score a goal.
Sweeper: This position is not necessary. I personally do not use it often. However, this person is one of the last possible people lined up to stop the ball from reaching the goal keeper. This is however a defense position. A child that plays this position must be able to stop the ball, and quite frankly, stop people. It is however a basic position and one that any child can learn quickly.
Stopper: This is a more advanced position and one that I recommend only for a child that has previously played soccer. Their job is to find the best scoring child on the other team and keep them from scoring. This player's main purpose is to stop the best players and pretty much ignore the rest. The reason they focus in on the top scorers is because they need to ensure that that specific person, or specific people, do not get the ball under any circumstances.
Fullback: This position is located in front of the goal on the front white line of the goal keepers box. They are typically used instead of the sweeper position. I personally prefer to have 2 to 3 fullbacks if the other parts of the team are strong enough to hold the ball back enough. The full back can stop air kicks and also fend off a direct attack of to the goal. This is considered a basic soccer position.
Halfback or midfielder: This position is located between the full back and mid field of the side of the field that is being protected. These players are used to stop the ball, and run the ball to the other goal. They are offense and defense depending on the situation. This is considered a basic soccer position.
Forward: This is a basic soccer position. The purpose of these players is typically to score goals. This position is located in front of the other soccer players on the team. This is usually a strictly offense position but does require a lot of contact with the players from the other team.
Wing (Left or Right): This position is considered an advanced position. It is usually reserved for the fastest runners and the best dribblers. I recommend a child being in this position to have played before, or be a very fast learner. They will have a lot of contact with the members of the other team since they will be pushing the ball through to the other goal.
Striker: This position is a basic soccer position. It is usually reserved for the fastest, hardest kicking, and most goal driven person on the field. The purpose of this position is to score as many goals as they can either up close, or from a distance. (This is the position that is covered by the other team's stopper.)
Now that you know what each soccer position is for, you will understand what the coach is yelling from the side lines. Every child will know their purpose before going out on the field, so read up and enjoy the game.