Why do certain soccer player jersey numbers correlate with certain positions on the field? The story is historic. WorldSoccerShop investigates and gives you all the details.
Traditionally, numbers and roles in German soccer corresponded in the following fashion: #1 - Goalkeeper. #2 - Right-sided defender. #3 - Left-sided defender. #4 - Central defender. #5 - Central ...
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While goalkeepers traditionally wear the No.1 jersey, strikers the No.9, modern soccer players may line up with almost any number on their back, as well as interpreting the various positions in a...
The jersey number traditionally denotes the position of a soccer player. Despite the establishment of squad numbers, jerseys 1 to 11 are often given to the first choice line-up according to their positions on the field. Below is the traditional numbering of players in a modern 4-2-3-1 formation: 1 – Goalkeeper. 2 – Right fullback. 3 – Left fullback
What does that number position refer to? Answer: Soccer numbers were originally created to identify certain positions in a tactical formation. The player holding that position was assigned the corresponding jersey with the correct number. There were no player names on jerseys so it was fairly simple. Also, with 11 players on the field, numbers went from 1 – 11, substitutes started at number 12. Considering a very traditional 4-3-3 system, a formation looked like this.
Obviously, the goalkeeper wore number one, the three defenders wore numbers two, three, four and five. They were the right full back, the left fullback and the central defender who wore number five. The midfielders wore number six, seven, eight, ten and eleven. The number nine was reserved for the striker.
Traditionally Assigned Soccer Position Numbers: 2, 3 & 6 The wing-back position is similar to the full-back in that wing-backs play close and along the sidelines of the field.
To fit a team’s strategy, they will sometimes line up with the 6 in a more defensive position or with the 10 in a more offensive formation. 10 – Attacking Midfielder (AM): The attacking midfielder sits between the midfield and the offensive line.