Starting eleven numbers and positions in football (soccer)?

In football (soccer) the starting eleven players traditionally have numbers from 1 to 11. In a 4-4-2 formation, numbers 2,3,5 and 6 would be defence, 4,7,8 and 11 midfield, and 9 and 10 attack. Why is it that 4 and 11 are in midfield - especially why is 4 the defensive midfielder and not a centre back?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The answer above had it close.

    Numbers started out as follows:

    2 right back

    3 left back

    4 half back

    5 right wing back

    6 left wing back

    7 right winger

    8 inside right

    9 centre forward

    10 inside left

    11 left winger

    Then as formations changed, the 5 and 6 dropped into the centre of the defence leaving the 2 and 3 on the wings. 4 is then the central defensive midfielder, in the same place as he was in 2-3-5.

    9 is always the lone striker, 10 an attacking midfielder (in 4-5-1)

    9 and 10 are dual strikers (in 4-4-2)

    8, 9 and 10 are 3 strikers (in 4-3-3)

    7 and 11 fill the wings, while 8 and 10 are creative or attacking midfielders in any of the above cases where they are not forwards.

    Source(s): 31 years following the beautiful game
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    4 years ago

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    In football (soccer) the starting eleven players traditionally have numbers from 1 to 11. In a 4-4-2 formation, numbers 2,3,5 and 6 would be defence, 4,7,8 and 11 midfield, and 9 and 10 attack. Why is it that 4 and 11 are in midfield - especially why is 4 the defensive midfielder and not a centre...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Futbol has changed a lot strategically over the years. When Brazil won their first two World Cups, they used to play with 6 forwards, 2 midfielders and 2 defenders, of course, other teams were doing the same. They used to do that until someone figure out how to stop the six forwards with a strong defense and just score one or two goals to win, I believe it was the Italians. That is how we got to the defensive futbol of today that is mostly played with one or two forwards. Anyway, I believe the very first futbol formation was the 4-3-3. Number 1 went to the Goalie. 2,3,4 and 5 to the defense. 6,7 and 8 to the midfielders and 9,10 and 11 to the forwards. 9 going to the center forward. Now days, the traditional numbering scheme has gone out the window. Probably the only consistent number now days are the number 1 and the number 10 for the goalie and the center midfielder.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well... beacuse... I don't know.

    In my town you get whatever number you want.

    But the 9 and 11 are the usual numbers for the forwards, not the number 10. It goes to the most skillful player (like Ronaldinho in Brasil, he was the 10, Ronaldo the 9 and the 11 someone like Robinho or Adriano).

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  • 1 decade ago

    That's a good question. Noramally only international teams can afford this scenario.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    http://www.wctc2.com/

    The league has three defined officers: the commissioner, secretary, and treasurer. Each conference has one officer, the president. The commissioner is elected by affirmative vote of two-thirds or 18 (whichever is greater) of the members of the league, while the president of each conference is elected by an affirmative vote of three-fourths or ten of the conference members.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    pictorial view of starting eleven

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