Soccer is a game of techniques and strength, which involves two competing teams. Each team comprises of sixteen members. However, eleven members are only on the field and the other five are substitutes. The substitutes comprise of four players and a goalkeeper. The players on the field playing are substituted when a player gets injuries. He or she can also be substituted if he or she is not able to play to the standards expected. The coach of a certain team can also decide to substitute a player if he or she is given several warnings and what follows is a red card. When a red card is given to a player, he or she is forced out of the pitch without substitution. The team then uses the remaining players until the match end. In soccer, a player is not allowed to play anywhere he or she feels like playing. The players have specific numbers in which they should play, although, these numbers are not represented by their jerseys.
Players in a soccer team are divided into four categories
We have a goalkeeper, who prevents the ball from getting into the goalpost. The goalkeeper is the only player required to use his or her hands to control the ball. The goalkeeper has only restricted area and rules to use his or her hands. Defenders are the players who defend the ball from getting closer to the goalpost. They clear the ball from the area around the goalpost. We also have midfielders who connect between the scoring players and the defenders. They take the ball from the defenders and supply it to the strikers. Among the midfielders, we have a specific player who is allowed to play the whole field. He or she is the sole connector and supplier of the ball. In many teams, he or she is labeled as number six.
If a team has weak midfielders, it is obvious a weak team because there is no consistency flow of ball from the defenders to the strikers. There should be an absolute total connection between these types of players for a team to be strong. In a soccer team, number seven and number eleven are located in the corners of the pitch to supply the ball towards the goal post of the opponents. They are also the players in most cases used to play corner shootouts. They are required to have skills of playing these corner shootouts because even others score directly.
The last category of soccer players are the famous strikers. These are the players who strike or score to the opponents’ goal post. They are highly expected to score according to their skills and experience. They are also very famous as compared to other players and highly celebrated by their fans and teams. These players are highly traded between soccer teams as well as paid awesome amounts of money. During the penalty shootouts and the critical fouls, they are the most preferred to other players. However, most of the strikers miss penalty shootouts in big tournaments. Strikers get a lot of pressure from the team and from the fans to score. In soccer matches, ball possession means nothing if it does not yield to goals.
Lastly, in a soccer team, there is also a captain. He or she is the leader of the team. He is the only one who is supposed to communicate and to be used by the referee in making some decision. The caption is chosen among the players using any criteria depending on the team. However, in most cases, he or she is the best player in the team.