What is sweeper in soccer?

A special type of defenseman, one of the four main player positions in soccer. This defenseman plays near the center of the pitch, but is constantly moving on the field, trying to stop opposing players from scoring by sweeping to where the ball is. A sweeper is a position most often used at youth levels to sweep all around the defensive half and assist in defense. Most professional teams do not employ this position because of the high level of passing and dribbling of the players at this level.

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