How To Play Fullback in Soccer

How To Play Fullback in Soccer

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in Soccer – Soccer Defender What’s going on? Little dap. It’s Jared
Montz former pro and founder of Subscribe to our free OSA eNewsletter to get
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inbox on Tuesdays! Today we are learning how to play fullback.
Some people call it outside back, right back, left back and wingback. There might even be
other names! I don’t know! Lots of coaches and players have requested
videos with the theme how to play your position so I’m going to make a few of them. This
is the first. Share this video with a friend you think will
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$10 is all it takes to send a net and save a life. There are many different parts to playing
fullback. This video will cover a few general ideas on how to play the position, things
to think about and an exercise to practice. This video applies for left and right fullbacks. First, the role of a fullback. In my opinion
a fullback should defend well and pass simply out of the back. When possible they should
get involved in the attack. Tip #1
Your job as the fullback is NOT to be the playmaker. When you get the ball in your defensive
and middle third make a simple pass to one of your open teammates. On the screen here you will see a few simple
passing options. 1. Is your center mid. They are your playmaker so get them the ball when
you can. 2. Your outside wing. 3. Your center back. 4. Your keeper. 5. A chip pass into
the forward. Yes, there are more options but these are
usually your most simple options. Tip #2
Don’t stand on the sideline when you “get wide”. When the keeper or your center back has the
ball you need to get wide. If you stand on the sideline as shown here
then when you get the ball you have one less option. You don’t have an option wide to
your winger because you are now as wide as you can go. By standing inside the sideline about 10 yards
or so you now have the passing wide option. Tip #3
You need to be good at defending. Watch our OSA defending videos here. Tip #4
Stand with your body open to the field. What I mean is if your center back has the ball,
don’t stand like this. Why not? Because now you can’t see what’s
behind you and your body is positioned to take a touch back in the direction the ball
came. Instead stand like this, with your body open
to the field. This way you can see the ball, what’s up the field and also your body is
positioned to take a positive touch. It also applies for when the goalie has the
ball. DO NOT stand like this. Stand like this. Tip #5
Keep an eye on your back line. If your line is stepping up you should be too. If your
line is shifting left, you should too. Keep looking around your during the game, don’t
just stare at the ball. Tip #6
Communicate loud and clear! As a fullback you can see the whole game on offense. Most
times anyway the game is in front of you; meaning there are usually no defenders sneaking
up behind you when you are on offense. So shout at your teammates and let them know
Turn, Man On, etc. Even if you didn’t pass it to them. Be a leader out there Because
you can see everything. Tip #7
Overlap when you can! If the winger on your side of the field has the ball, occasionally
sprint forward and overlap them. Try to get involved in the attack and get a cross off. Tip #8
Play a creative pass when you are in the attacking third. If you are in the attacking third,
try bending the ball in behind the defenders for an attacker to run on to it. Or play a
ball over the top. Don’t do this every time, but occasionally
when you are forward and your gut tells you to make it happen. An exercise we can do to practice. This exercise is for ball distribution. It
will help you work on your simple, clean passes out of the back. You will need a few balls, a partner and 5
cones. Set the balls up at a cone where your center back is. Then have the center back
pass you a ball. You angle your body to the field, check your shoulders to see what is
coming and then take a set up touch in the direction you want to go for your pass You decide if you will pass it to the goalie,
center mid, winger, back to your center back or chip it to your forward. You make the call. The cones are your imaginary
teammates. Let’s do a few and that will give you a
better idea of how it works. Do a few sets and then change the start ball
position. Put the balls at the goalie spot, the winger, the center mid. You are working on game simulation so come
game time you won’t panic and just kick the ball. Instead you will keep possession. If you don’t have a partner set up a bench
a pass the ball off the bench to pretend it’s your partner passing you the ball. For defending exercises go watch the OSA defending
videos to practice defending. Some things that could be going wrong. If
you keep making bad passes and losing the ball stop trying to be a playmaker. Just make
a simple pass to a teammate. Just because you have 30 yards of space ahead
of you as a fullback doesn’t mean you have to dribble. Sometimes yes, dribble, but for
the most part make a pass and keep the ball moving. 2nd bonus tip! When in doubt kick it out!
If an attacker is tight on you in your defensive third and you don’t have a great passing
option to keep possession then just kick the ball out. Now your team can re organize and
get ready. Your mantra as fullback should be I defend
hard and make simple passes. Do that and you will be great. Hope you enjoyed this Online Soccer Academy
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100 thoughts on “How To Play Fullback in Soccer”

  1. Thanks Jared , you are great !
    I am 15 year old lebanese defender and i think i am number 1 because of you !!!
    Keep it up.

  2. hey josh I have a question, in order to become a professional soccer player, is it necessary to play for a youth team? what if it is really expensive to play on a team? can you still go pro training on your own?

  3. What are some good parks for soccer in Las Vegas? I just moved there and want to practice soccer in a grassy park not a rocky backyard. lol

  4. geared I came home from holidays and went to check did you have any videos and when you had 2 videos up I was over the moon, I am so glad you are okay. Even to make get me more excited I play fullback and you now have a video on it.

  5. Hey Jared, glad to see that you've recovered. Im currently 13 yo and your videos have helped me, improve alot. I got better at juggling, and dribbling, just because of your lovely videos, not to mention, i did not know how to kick a ball, but my dad teached me that. My highscore for juggling is 10,and just 3 weeks ago, my highscore were 1. Ive improved alot. Thanks for doing,what you do. (Btw, i startede playing 3 weeks ago}

  6. Hey, I'm glad your ok. 🙂 I know it's probably ruff going threw that, I'm glad that God healed you threw your recovery. Thank you for posting this video; I'm a LB, but this video helped me even more. I started playing defender after 7 years of being a striker, your videos on defending got me paying more attention, and now I play better at defending then any other position, because your videos. Thank you for posting! And I'm glad your healthy from your injury!!!

  7. Great to see you back. I've been a fullback all my life and you've still managed to teach me stuff. Thanks!

  8. LOL don't follow the ball… sometimes I do that when I play with my dad and his friends bad habit  I need to fix that.

  9. Could you make a video on How to kick a knuckleball… and I love your videos keep up the great job

  10. That's awesome, Jared. Very helpful. Many thanks! Glad to see the neck brace off. Cheers from Oakland!

    And, yeah, position-specific videos are a great idea. Even if you don't usually play the position in question, it helps to know the rudiments of what everyone's role is, and what you can (more or less) expect them to do. Big thumbs up!

  11. hi i play LM and i have played allot of games only assisting not scoring any goals is that normal for a winger i dont know why i used to score allot of goals when i was a center mid but now i dont score any and some times the whole game is being played on the right while im on the left

  12. I have been watching a lot of your videos lately and I play fullback, today I had the best game of my season, I stopped everyone, I carried the ball I passed well and we ended up winning. Anyways I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  13. great video, are you going to carry on with the interactive training sessions because i thought they were really good

  14. I have a question that really needs to be answered and it's kind of off topic but still I need help. I'm a 14 year old CB and need help , I can't kick the ball far. My problem is every time I kick the ball ( when it's not moving like a freekick ) it goes about 3 feet up in the air and about 10 feet long with crazy backspin.on random occasions I will do a good kick that goes high but never fast and powerful to get it that extra length. I feel like I should be able to kick it farther and harder then it it going. I'm extremely short for my age but that doesn't mean I'm not strong , as I have seen people my height kick the ball way farther then I can. Is it possible that my cleats effect my shot? Because they are quite big and there's about 1.5 cm from my big toe to the end?! One other thing I would like to mention is the balls we use are extremely hard and when I kick it kind of hurts my foot. help would be much appreciated and I would only think of returning the favour!

  15. Hey I have a problem whenever I shoot , whenever I shoot the ball goes so high and I always miss how do keep the ball from not going to high ??????
    Cause I'm training to be a forward and I need help plz help

  16. This is an excellent primer. Having just picked up the sport (at the advanced age of 36) two years ago, I had to rely on watching highlight videos to get an idea of what I was to do as a fullback. And what I saw did not translate very well to the small sided matches I play in… 

    Maybe in future videos you could show how some of these positions change when the sides are smaller? 

    Thanks for the ever-growing collection of quality soccer tutorials, Jared! Glad you're feeling better.

  17. I was a st but my air game was not the best so my new coach decide to put me as a right back and this video is all the things that I have not been doing right and now u helped me realize what I've been doing wrong thank you for you're videos

  18. Hi, I'm a 14 right back/centre back, and recently began playing in the right back for my team. Before this point I played centre back and my main objective was to tackle, header, or clear. Recently though I have moved team, and they wanted me to play in RB. I often panic when I get the ball and have difficulty keeping composed. Any tips? Thanks

  19. Helpful video, but what if you're playing against a winger who stays wide (by the sideline) the full game, even when the ball is at the other wing? If I mark him and track his runs then there's a massive gap between me and the centre back, but if I close the gap between me and the centre back then the winger can run free… Any tips on what to do?

  20. +1 if you thought the dark spots on the wall were smudges on your computer screen and you had a mini freak out when they wouldn't go away.

  21. Hey Jared, I play in u13 and I play fullback. I don't get the time pros do because I get rushed I need help how to keep the ball under pressure

  22. Hey Jared before i go into my statrment i just wanna say thanks gor tge tutorial vids they have really helped me Anyway what im stating is that im a Soccer player anf i wanna be pro but i know its gonna be hard especially because my family isnt the richest and i can't get all the equipment and stuff i just wanna ask how can i make it to pro?……….Btw im 12

  23. However defending in Sunday league football is so difficult especially for a full back. I want to make the overlap run but my midfield never cover behind or they lose possession immediately!

  24. Have only just started learning and playing the game at 39. Wish I saw this clip before my game on the weekend as right fullback. Lol.

  25. Im 14 and Starter RB for my team but I don't really understand how to play it well. when the RM has the ball and the RW is trying to pass me I always stay with him, and leave the RM to take some time and pass it or loose it to my RM. Do you have any videos on advanced tactics or techniques. I just wanna know how to be the best RB i can be.

  26. hey I ve one request if u putt subtitles in ur video then it will be more easy to understand stand us..

  27. This is nonsense and outdated. Welcome to the world of attacking outside back. Going wide pulls the winger marking him and opens the middle. If the wingers are sitting back, the outside back drives to middle or stays on the line until they bring pressure and opens the field for the next line.

  28. I play right back and I am pretty sure I'm the best defender on the team and most of these don't work. advice get up the field when your team has it and pass when you want

  29. Great vid as always 👌👍. I'm playing wing back more now than ever. I find it hard with the defence line because if the striker is inline I just have to keep following this one forward all the time and it annoys the rest of the defenders.

  30. Ok so your a right back receiving the ball from your centre back and under pressure from left winger/forward you can’t open your body out to take it on ur right foot and look for ball down the line. Do you 1) take a touch inside and look to hoof the ball with ur rubbish left foot ( that’s why ur playing right back ) 2) dribble to the inside forcing yourself to play some fancy outside of the right foot pass that gets intercepted 3) just play 1st time ball back to the keeper or 4) play back to the defender who just gave you the ball putting him under even more pressure than you are in? I’m thinking it’s best to just pass back to the keeper but a lot of the time especially when I think I have more time than I do I don’t play that supposed negative 1st time ball back to the keeper and end up wanting to open my body but realising it’s not possible then panicking and getting robbed resulting in abuse from the rest of the team. Lol

  31. In football a wing back is not a full back. A wing back is where you play 3 at the have and play 5 in midfield and the winger (wing back) acts as winger and fullbacks.

  32. When playing a full back and you CB or GK has the ball you should be on the touch line to create more space for player to run into.

  33. Also, if you don’t have a team mate open to pass to then don’t kick it out. Kick it into a area where your team can pressing into and win the ball back (up into the corner).

  34. Whenever your overlapping like in the demo tell your team that you will do before the match so that the players know to cover, otherwise your team will be confused and easily concede

  35. My tips: Always think you are a play maker who like to create chances for your team and you will eventually play like one. Read the game a step or two ahead so you almost know what's going to happen and be in the right place. Pick out two or three options where to pass the ball before you receive it. Only sending the ball if you pretty sure your team mate will receive it. A sure short pass is more effective than long ball to nowhere. Don't play the England style just loop and hope. In two years, you can go from sitting on the bench to become a first choice player. Play like Ronaldo and Messi and mix your own style then the game becomes a lot more fun when your team mates chant your name.

  36. This is about right. Thanks for this. This is the position I played when I was traveling and living in Asia, Europe, and USA.

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