There are 11 total players on the pitch to start the game. Although the positions can be rearranged however the coach sees fit, there is usually one goalie, four defenders, four midfielders, and two strikers.
Goalie: this person protects the net and is the only one on the field who can use their hands in the penalty area. The goalie has to be flexible, quick to anticipate, and good at communication.
Defenders. Defenders usually stay behind the half way line in an effort to help prevent goal from being scored against them. They make good outlet passes and are usually bigger physically than other players.
Midfielders. Midfielders do the most running, as they play a combination of defense and offense They usually orchestrate the attack. They re exceptionally good at holding onto the ball and passing.
Forwards/strikers. These are the ones who get the most cracks at shooting the ball. They need to be quick, agile, and able to shoot a stunning shot. They also need to be excellent headers.