In Australian football, there are 18 positions that players occupy during a game. Each position describes where the player will be located, and what approximately functions will be performed during the match. As the development of Australian football, the location of each player during matches, and its set of functions, changed. The names of the positions themselves also changed. Most players in Australian football all their playing career in one position, but players who can play in several positions at the same time, too, there are, they are called – generalists. At the moment, there are 18 positions in Australian football where the club’s players play and train. Today we will talk about each of them.
Back line-a term that can only be applied to positions: LBP, FB, RBP, or it can also be applied to the same positions, but adding another line of positions that includes such positions as: LBF, CHB, RBF. The main task of the “Back line | is to defend the goal and start new attacks by the team. If we draw an analogy with European football, the ” Back line | is the team’s defense.
Fullback / Full back – Fullbacks have always been a purely defensive position on the field, whose main task was to protect the opponent’s goal from attempts to score a goal. However, with the development of the game, fullbacks became necessary not only to be able to “destroy” the opponent’s attacks, but also to give accurate passes. Despite the fact that some teams still use Midfielders to enter the ball into the game after scoring points of the opponent, in most cases, this responsibility fell on the fullbacks of the team. Possession of a good pass has become an important attribute in the fullback game, as well as the acceleration necessary to intercept the ball as quickly as possible to start a new attack of your team. Although in General, defensive attributes for a player playing in this position are more valuable.
Back defender / back pocket-Players in this position must have good defensive skills, and be able to play fairly hard against opponents. They mostly play against the LFP, RFP positions, leaving the full forward (FF) to play against the fullback (FB). The main task of small and fast players playing in this position is to intercept the ball after the pass of the opponent and start a new team attack through a long pass. Players of average height and average speed can successfully fight with an opponent for the ball on the field, or make interceptions of the opponent’s passes. If a player also has well-developed pass and reaction skills, they can start their team’s attacks in this way. Tall players in this position can make excellent marks, as well as combine well with the opponent’s tall forwards.
Midfield / Half-back line-the midfield Line consists of two flanking Midfielders (LBF,RBF) of the team and one Central (CHB).
The functions of the Central midfielder (CHB) remain largely unchanged over the years of the game’s existence. The Central midfielder of the team should dominate the match, so it is a key player in the team.
Ideally, the club’s Central midfielder (CHB) should be a reliable player, tall enough and well-developed physically. Along with the team’s flanking Midfielders, the team’s Central Midfielders are the team’s first defensive line. But they also play an important role in intercepting the ball, creating new attacks and helping the attack.
Central Midfielders (CHB) should have a great understanding of the structure of their team’s game, especially they should make passes to the right areas for the development of attacks. They must be able to accept marks, fight the opponent for marks, and make the opponents make mistakes.
Functions of flanking Midfielders (LBF,RBF) similar to the position of the back pocket (LBP, RBP). But in fact, a player in this position may have more developed attacking attributes of the player. He is mainly focused on taking the ball out of his 50-meter defensive zone. His game in attack is similar to the game of a left or right defender who connects to the attacks of his team, if his team defends he performs the usual defensive functions.