Soccer players in action

Which position would you like to play in soccer?

February 22, 2018
  • Forward
  • Midfielder
  • Fullback
  • Goalkeeper

Soccer, or as our European friends would say, “football,” has captured the hearts of millions across the globe. But for us in the USA, the sport has truly come alive in the past few decades. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or someone who loves to kick around with friends on the weekend, you’ve probably daydreamed about being on that field, surrounded by cheering fans.

But, of all the roles in soccer, which position should you play? It’s time to break down the soccer positions with some cool facts and quotes from the who’s who of soccer!

Forward – Lead the Charge!

The role of the forward is clear-cut: score goals and make headlines! Forwards are often the stars of the team and their moments of magic can change the outcome of a match.

Why would one choose to be a Forward?

  • Spotlight Lovers: The forward position isn’t just about scoring; it’s about the glam, the fame, and the attention. Think of legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These icons aren’t just known for their exceptional skills, but also for the immense spotlight they command every time they step on the field. Their every move, on and off the pitch, becomes the talk of the town, making them the epicenter of the soccer world.
  • Quick Thinking: A forward requires split-second decision-making, especially when surrounded by defenders.

“Sometimes in football, you have to score goals.”

Thierry Henry

Fun Fact: Did you know that Tommy Ross scored the fastest hat-trick in soccer in just 90 seconds in 1964? Talk about rapid firepower!

Midfielder – The Heartbeat of the Team!

Midfielders can be considered the engine room of the team. They control the tempo, distribute passes, and link the defense with the attack.

Why opt for the Midfielder position?

  • Versatility: If you have a knack for both defensive and attacking plays, midfield might just be your soccer calling.
  • Playmaking: Love setting up plays and being part of most of the game’s action? Midfielders often have the most touches on the ball.

“Football is played with the head. Your feet are just the tools.”

Andrea Pirlo
Luka Modrić

Curious Stat: In the 2018 World Cup, Luka Modrić, a midfielder, covered over 39 miles in distance throughout the tournament. Dude’s got stamina for days!

Fullback – The Unsung Heroes!

Fullbacks, or defenders, are tasked with one primary job: stop the opposition from scoring. But in modern soccer, they also have a pivotal role in initiating attacks.

Why become a Fullback?

  • Guardian Instinct: If you’re protective by nature and feel satisfaction in stopping others (at least in a game), defense is your turf.
  • Physicality: Defenders often engage in duels, making it a good fit for those who don’t shy away from physical challenges.

Legendary fullback Franco Baresi put it succinctly, “Tackling is an art.”

Fun Fact: Milan’s Paolo Maldini, one of the greatest defenders, played for 25 seasons and still only received three red cards. Talk about cool-headedness!

Goalkeeper – The Last Line of Defense!

Oliver Kahn

Being a goalkeeper is not for the faint-hearted. It’s about making the crucial saves, often being the difference between victory and defeat.

Reasons to be a Goalkeeper?

  • Lone Wolf: You’re often apart from the main action, but when it’s your time, all eyes are on you.
  • Reflexes: If you pride yourself on your cat-like reflexes and ability to dive around (without spilling your drink), you might be goalkeeper material.

“In my entire career, I never felt like I’ve won a match alone, but I certainly felt I’ve lost some on my own.”

Oliver Kahn

Curious Stat: Brad Friedel, an American goalkeeper, holds the Premier League record for consecutive appearances with 310 games. No days off for this guy!


So, what’s the verdict, sport? Whether you’re a striker at heart or someone who loves being the wall that says, “Not today!” – each soccer position has its own thrills and challenges. The beautiful game is not just about scoring goals but cherishing every pass, tackle, and save that leads up to it.

Remember, whichever position you vibe with, it’s all about the love of the game. And hey, no matter where you play, make sure you “kick it” with style and passion!

Remember, soccer isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. So, choose your position, lace up those cleats, and let’s get ballin’!

  • Share opinions on topics that matter to you.
  • Learn what others think through comprehensive, real time stats.
  • Your vote is anonymous.
Sign Up. It's free!
Register to vote and to view all content
  • in use
  • taken
    We assume that you want to comment anonymously so we recommend not using your real name for the username.
    • Must be 6 - 20 characters.
    • Allowed characters: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, underscores, periods and hyphens.
    • Must start with a letter.
  • Password must meet the following requirements:
    • Be at least 8 characters
    • At least one number
    • At least one uppercase letter
    • At least one lowercase letter
  • I agree to Terms of Use and I have read Privacy Policy.
Sign Up

More in Soccer