What is the most difficult position to play in football?

Braggs Sports
3 min readApr 23, 2021

A detailed analysis of the most difficult position to play in football (soccer) with regard to technical quality and athleticism or work rate.

There are too many variables to consider. But if you had to narrow it down, then based on technical quality — a central/defensive midfielder and based on athleticism/work rate — a fullback.

Is central Back (CB) the most difficult Position in Football (Soccer) in terms of Role of play?

Lot’s of factors come into play to the sense if we are to insist if ‘the role’ is what really matters. I’ll consider that this team is playing a high defensive line. In this scenario it’s the CBs. A typical high line system is dependent on high quality CB’s to distribute and face and constantly face attackers in transition with little protection.

Even mentally, playing against some of the best attackers- your mental strength and concentration needs to be superb in 1v1 scenarios and facing a high intensity press. Defending ample amounts of space whilst keeping clean sheets is difficult.

In the modern game, the reportoire of physical traits, technical skills, mental attributes and consistency required for a center back is very high. The fact that they are constantly judged for one small weakness or the rare mistake makes it worse. Demanding and often thankless position.

Is wing back (WB) or Full back Back (FB) the most difficult Position in Football (Soccer) in terms of Role of play?

Wing backs as well have a shout in this. In a counter attacking system that demands a lot of running, you have to be good offensively but equally so defensively, and you have to be patient. You have to be skilled almost in every facet of the game.

This position is probably the most physically tasking though, but it mainly requires a good engine, athleticism and a good delivery. You’ll always have to adapt on how the game is going every time

However they also have it easy if the opposite team is packing the midfield (especially defensive midfielders) and causing overload in there instead of pressing the defence.

EDITOR’S PICK

Centre/Defensive Midfielder-the most difficult position in Football (Soccer) in terms of Role of play

If the opposition team is packing the midfield (especially defensive midfielders) and causing overload in there instead of pressing the defence, the full backs will have an easy run. This is why I think being a centre midfielder have to be the most important/difficult all round position to contain or the team gets exposed at every phase of play.

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