Futsal positions

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Futsal positions (Japanese / Portuguese)

This is the list of futsal positions, with a brief explanation of what the position is and notable futsal players of that position. The positioning of these players can attribute to different strategies during the game.

Goleiro (Goalkeeper)[edit]

The goalkeeper (Spanish portero; Italian portiere; Portuguese (Brazil) goleiro; Portuguese (Portugal) guarda-redes) is the most specialised position in futsal (as in many other sports playing for a goal). A goalkeeper's job is mainly defensive: to guard the team's goal from being breached (to not let the other team score). Goalkeeper is the only position defined in the Laws of the Game. Goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands and arms, however they are restricted to doing so only within their penalty area; for this reason, they must wear jerseys that distinguish them from other outfield players and the referee.

Notable goalkeepers[edit]

Fixo (Defender)[edit]

The Defender (in Spanish is named cierre, in Italian difensore and in Portuguese fixo) is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposition from scoring. A defensive formation, such as 2-1-1, would allow for a more defensive team and have better strength in stopping goals.

Notable defenders[edit]

Ala (Winger)[edit]

The Wing or Winger (in Spanish is named ala, in Italian esterno and in Portuguese ala) is a player constantly moving forward and backward in the sides of the pitch (left-wing and right-wing), between defense and attack. This position is not as offensive as the pivot, yet not as defensive as the defender.

Notable wingers[edit]

Pivo (Pivot)[edit]

The Pivot (in Spanish pívot, in Italian pivot and in Portuguese is pivô) is the most advanced player on the pitch (similar to the Centre Forward in association football).

Notable pivots[edit]

Universal[edit]

Some players are able to play anywhere on the pitch. Besides the goalie, who is mostly located in the penalty area, other players such as the defenders, wingers and pivots can move freely anywhere in the pitch. This allows for more defensive and attacking strength when needed.

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