How to Play Right Back in Football

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How to Play Right Back in Football
The "backs" in soccer (or football) are the defensive positions. (soccer ball image by Mitchell Knapton from

Football, known as soccer in the United States, is played all over the world. Some call football "the people's game." The game is played on a grassy field---called the pitch. Two teams---consisting of no more than 11 players, including the goalkeeper---face off to score as many points in the allotted time---typically 90 minutes for a professional match. One of the positions is the "fullback" position, which has a right and a left side.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Line up on the right side of the field between the sweeper---right-centre back---and the right midfielder---right-central midfielder.

  2. 2

    Stay alert and watch the play developing on the right flank of the field. The right back's job is to defend the right side of the field.

  3. 3

    Move up and down the right flank of the field. If the ball is in the offensive zone, hover close to midfield and watch for a break-out from the opposing team. If the ball is on the left side of the defensive zone, cover the middle-right of the field and defend the opposing teams open midfielders, wingers, or strikers.

  4. 4

    Challenge opposing players who have the ball and are charging down the right flank of the field. The opposing side's offensive players---midfielders, wingers, and strikers---may try to gain ground on the right side and kick the ball into the middle for a header or a quick shot on goal. Stay in front of your opponent and try to take the ball away from the opponent.

  5. 5

    Pass the ball to an open midfielder, winger, or striker on your team by kicking it to them. If crowded by opposing players, pass the ball backwards to an open defenceman or kick the ball out-of-bounds.

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