A Mildfielder? A Forward? Here's What Each Soccer Position Does on the Field
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is a huge deal for soccer fanatics everywhere. Then there are those of us who love gathering with friends to eat, drink, and cheer on our team — but we, uh, aren't exactly experts on the ins and outs of the sport, and there's no time like the present to give ourselves a crash course on what to expect from a women's soccer game. It's not much fun to watch a sporting event and have no idea exactly what's going on; trust me, I've been there.
At any given time, each team has 11 players on the field — the goalkeeper and 10 outfielders, typically comprised of four defenders, four midfielders, and two forwards. Here's a guide to the different positions in women's soccer and what each position entails.