The number ’10’ is more than just a number when it comes to soccer.
There’s a certain ‘aura’ that comes with it that naturally brings the assumption that the player is one of the best on the team.
This has not always been the case, though…Continue reading
Numbers worn on the backs of players were first introduced in 1911 by Australian teams Sydney Leichardt and HMS Powerful.
They used the numbers to help identify and distinguish the players from one another.
In today’s game, players can choose to wear almost any number they prefer — depending on the rules of their league.Continue reading
The holding midfielder is one of the most important positions out on the pitch.
The role guarantees stability at the back while providing a platform for the forwards to attack with aplomb.
Also known as a defensive midfielder, these players have great influence on the game.Continue reading
While it’s seldom seen in the professional game today, the stopper position is a fantastic role for teaching young players the art of defending.
Paired alongside a sweeper in the centre of defence, the stopper is expected to win every tackle and aerial challenge and not be afraid to put their body on the line.
As the more aggressive of the two central defenders, they’re expected to quickly put pressure on the opposition’s strikers, nip in to intercept the ball, and stop dangerous moves in their tracks.
While the modern game now puts a lot more emphasis on centrebacks being comfortable on the ball and starting moves from the back, the stopper position is all about defending and doing everything possible to stop a goal from being scored.
In this article, you’ll read about how soccer teams line up with a stopper, what stoppers are expected to do, and what the key requirements are for playing the position.Continue reading
Throughout the history of soccer, tactical innovations have continually pushed the game forward as each generation of coaches has looked to gain an advantage over their opponents. While the ‘False 9’ has been used to great effect in recent years by Guardiola’s mesmerising Barcelona and Del Bosque’s Spain who won Euro 2012, the role surprisingly dates […]Continue reading