Jersey Number Significance in Soccer

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  1. olephill2

    olephill2 Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Watford FC
    United States
    As most of us know, there are certain jersey numbers reserved for certain types of players on a soccer team. Most of us are familiar with the role of the #10, as a creative, attacking player who sits behind the strikers and orchistrates the attack with flair and panache. Similarly, many of us are familiar with the #9, the out-and-out goal scorer from the stiker position.

    But I've heard a few other numbers tossed about to refer to certain types of players, such as the #8, the #5, the #6, the #7 and even the #3.

    Can anyone run through all the different jersey numbers that are synonemous with a certain type of player, and explain some of the relevant attributes for me?

  2. impalemeplz

    impalemeplz Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Arsenal FC
    #5 sweeper type
    #3 more hard style defender
    #6 tall defender. buchwald, tony adams, etc.

    #4 a dominant yet elegant midfielder who keeps the supply coming. beckenbauer(1970 worldcup) is the first one that springs to mind then you have lesser greats like paddy vieira.

    #7 attacking mid/winger. littbarski, pires, beckham.
  3. johan neeskens

    johan neeskens Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Clubs who are very anal about their system (i.e. Ajax) typically have a number allocated for the first choice player in each position. Not all of them though.
  4. Sand im Kopf

    Sand im Kopf New Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    The numbers originate with the 2-3-5 system:


    When applied to modern sytems it might look like this:







    Variations like 8 for one of the strikers or 6 for one of the defenders are possible.

  5. johan neeskens

    johan neeskens Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    The no. eight is always the left winger in the Dutch 4-3-3 (and the winger is a forward in Dutch football)
  6. sidis

    sidis Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Itaguaí-RJ - Brazil
    in brazil:

    1 - keeper
    2 - rightback (fluminense use the 4, and the 2 for the center back)
    3/4 - centerback (flamengo use 7 for the 3rd defender/libero)
    6 - leftback
    5 - Denfensive midfielder (called for us "Volante")
    8 - Central midfielder (for us "Segundo Volante")
    7 - Left midfielder/ left winger (Botafogo normaly use that number for their playmakers because garrincha)
    10 - attacking midfielder / playmaker
    11 - Right midfielder / Right winger (Vasco use the 11 for the center forward because rom√°rio)
    9 - Center forward.
  7. laolafever

    laolafever Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    my favourite umber is 11 tell me what is my style of playin and i tell you if it is right.
  8. Taoism

    Taoism Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Thanks for this thread. I have never understood the numbering system, and while all the variations in this thread are still slightly confusing, I am much clearer about people saying we need a #9 (ST/FC, right?) or #10 (AMC, right?)

  9. Rise

    Rise Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    Exeter, UK
    Exeter City FC
    More or less.

    Obviously now-a-days when squad numbers are assigned more on the basis of whats available rather than position (Milan Baros at Liverpool had the number 5 despite being a striker. Supposidly.), but in a traditional English 4-4-2 system an 'ideal' numbers list would like something like

    1 - Keeper
    2 - Full Back/Wing Back
    3 - Full Back/Wing Back
    4 - Centre Midfield (typically holding/shielding role)
    5 - Centre Back
    6 - Centre Back
    7 - Centre Midfield / Winger interchangalbe with
    8 - Centre Midfield / Winger
    9 - Striker
    10 - Target Man
    11 - Winger

    In modern practice, only 9 and 10 (and 1 obviously) are generally still observed. Its common now to find 8 up front, 4 on the wing, 6 in the middle... so generally you'll only ever hear strikers referred to by squad number as in 'being the Liverpool number 9'.

    I dont know why, but it really niggles the poo out of me when numbers 2 or 3 play central defence though.
  10. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 27, 2002
    If the left winger is #8, who is #11 in Dutch football?

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