A type of midfielder who primarily stays between the defensive third and offensive third on the pitch. He will serve as an extra defender or attacker depending on the situation. He also receives passes from the goalkeeper to start offensive plays.
A defensive midfielder, sometimes called a holding midfielder, is a playmaker. Rather than pushing forward and deep into the attacking third, defensive midfielders hold back and support both the defense and the attack. Passes are usually linked through the defensive midfielder, who has excellent field vision and the ability to switch the play and swing the ball. On defense, not only are midfielders asked to defend attackers, but often quickly receive passes from defenders to start an offensive attack.