The Defensive Half And Defenders
The Defensive Half is the half of the field where a team is playing defense. You will be able to identify defenders as they are the players spending more time in this half rather than getting forward and attacking.
Goals and Job of Defenders
- to support the goalkeeper with stopping the ball from entering the net
- to intercept the ball from opposing players and regain possession
Defenders, do exactly what you think they would do. They defend. They play close to their team's own goal, attempting to thwart the opposition's attack. They typically play in a straight line parallel to the endline. There's a strategic reason for this, which we'll explore more in future tutorials.
Defender Jersey Numerals
Historically, defenders wear the numbers two through five, but this nomenclature is not often used outside of national teams.
Defender Key Statistics
There are few important statistics that define a good defenders: