There are leagues for professional soccer all over the world in dozens of different countries, but any one league has to be limited to only one country under FIFA rules. The exception to this is in North America, where the same Major League Soccer is from both the United States and Canada. This differs significantly from other sports. It’s also confusing to think of how there can be a soccer champion team when all of the leagues are separated by country. Under FIFA, which controls professional soccer leagues all around the world, there are six different regional confederations, each of whom have a tournament to determine the regional champion. FIFA also stages a Club World Cup in order to determine the champion out of the six confederations.
- Besides the goal keeper, there are ten field players. The formation of soccer follows as 4-4-2. The first is four defenders, who are the players in front of the goalkeeper. However, there are no four members on the team who are designated as the defenders. Rather, the coach of the team will select four of the team members to serve as defenders for that particular game. There don’t always have to be exactly four defenders on the field at one time, but following the tradition of the 4-4-2 guideline, that is usually the number of defenders there are.
- The next four players on the field from the 4-4-2 guideline are the midfielders. The midfielders have both offensive and defensive responsibilities. They have to keep the ball going forward while also trying to keep it from the defenders and the goalkeeper. The rules for soccer are a little less rigid than the rules for sports with similar positions like American football, as defenders in soccer can also go on the offensive and forward positions can also defend. However, midfielders and defenders are not expected to be the players to score goals in the opponents’ box. Rather, that position is left to the forward players.
- Forward Players
- The last players in the 4-4-2 setup are the two forward players, who are expected to always be on the offensive and score the goals. However, they can also play a defensive role if needed. It’s generally up to the midfielders to make sure the ball gets to the two forward players.