How important is the fullback position in football?

The modern full back developed in response to the “winger” – these players don’t really exist any more, although you will hear the word used.

The winger would run down the touchline with the ball, go past anyone in his way and then cross the ball into the penalty area for the centre forward to head or kick into goal.

The full back was tasked with preventing this, either by tackling the winger as he ran, by blocking the cross and stopping it reaching the centre forward, or as the position developed, by forcing the winger onto his inside foot, making him take an inside line and cut in towards the box, making him use his weaker foot and limiting the effectiveness of his crossing.

The combination of skills for a full back at this time were that he should have most of the qualities of a good centre half (although usually he would not be expected to make as many tackles or be as good at heading the ball) and if he had a little more pace than the average defender, so much the better.

As the game developed, wingers began to adapt their style of play. Rather than staying wide and crossing from the touchline, they would purposely cut in closer to the penalty area, leaving the full back behind them. It became popular for these players to play on the opposite flank to where they would have before, so a left footed player would play on the right and could then cut in on his left foot, presenting a danger at the heart of the defence.

At around the same time, full backs began to be used in a more attacking style themselves. As the winger was now looking to cut in towards the penalty area, there was space behind him for a full back to over-lap. Eventually, full backs ended up playing more like traditional wingers, and crossing became an important part of their game, too. This was something that came from analysis of Brazilian football, where players like Roberto Carlos had grown as attacking wide players who played from a deep role.

The evolution of the “wing back” was related to this development. Certain managers realised that the full back-cum-winger could be employed further forwards as part of a five man midfield if a third centre back was dropped in behind. This is the ultimate manifestation of the modern full back, the wing back is essentially both attacker and defender, he has pace and the ability to take the ball past players, but he also needs to be defensively solid and to track back to give width to his defence when out of possession. Most sides who employ wing backs will ensure that when one pushes forwards, the other tends to stay a little further back.

(The need for the third centre back was largely dropped when some began using a holding midfielder who could drop into the back line when needed and act as the third defender.)

Full back is in some ways the least glamorous position, but great full backs are very rare. And yes, there have been great teams who did not have great full backs. Manchester United’s Gary Neville won almost every trophy in the game at full back, but was a technically very limited player. He would struggle with the attacking responsibilities of modern full backs.

How important is the full back? I would say it depends on the team. A poor team with a world class full back is probably not going to see a lot of benefit from him. A world class team with a poor full back is definitely going to feel the cost of a better player in that role.

The full back position is very important in the modern game. First of all, i would say that there are two main types or categories of full backs today.

The defensive Fullback. This guys generally have the same role as Sweeper or a Ball playing Center Back. He is to stay put in his position with minimal movement, i.e, he stays back when the team is attacking.

He is in all intent and purposes, a central defender playing wide. Generally imposing and aggressive in stature with a strong Best example i can think of is the Belgian team that used to play the Vermaelen on the left back and Vertonghen on the right. They are centrebacks for club bu full backs for country.

The Attacking Fullback. This is most common type of full back today. they are basically wingers who are quite good at tackling and are expected back at the defensive line when the opponents are in possession. This position is occupied by an agile, creative and very quick person with a lot of Stamina.

Marauding runs are the order of the day with their aim being to overload the flanks and put in crosses to the box as their main choice of chance creation. attacking fullbacks have amazing ball control for effective use and connection with the midfield (Brain) of the team. best examples would include Jordi Alba, Alaba, Marcelo, Antonio Valencia are some of the very many i could give as examples.

Full backs are there as support structures for the defense, vents for the midfielders and creators for the Target men and women in the field. You may not necessarily know how important they are when playing, but if they are not working, YOU WILL KNOW.

There are more than a few problems with this question’s logic, but I’ll try it.

The center forward may score more goals, but they are not the only players who can score. Wing players can score as well. Ronaldo, Messi, Bale, Neymar, Hazard, Robben, Reus, and Sanchez are all wing players known to have been able to score goals. Some are even pretty good at it. More and more teams convert strikers to inverted wingers so they can cut on their strong foot, or go wide to swing one in.

If we make the assumption wing players can’t provide goals for a team, they must be creating some of the goals. The CF will not creating all of their goals, and many assists are provided by the wing players. Thus a fullback would be tasked with preventing the assist, which would prevent the goal. And if there were no fullbacks, there would be huge pockets of space for opposing wingers and forwards.

Theoretically? From how many directions can a team attack from? multiple right? Theoretically lets say 3: front and left and right side. Centre backs will be occupied trying hold of the CF and ST, be who stops the crosses coming in? Who tracks the attacking wingers’ runs. That’s the full backs’ defensive duty. The striker can’t score goals if you cut off the supply of balls, that’s why teams prefer fast full backs, to track back the wingers.

They make the game complete.They know when to attack and when to defend.Suppose when a team is defending,the Centrebacks will defend against the strikers,midfielders,but only fullbacks will prevent the Wingers and crosses.Fullbacks have to run a lot,they have to track back while defending.also when the team is attacking they have to overlap the wingers,also they provide a passing option to midfielders and the ball starts moving in the attack.

In both soccer and baseball, the old adage is to be sure the spine of your team is strong, meaning your centermost players must be very good, and your wide players can be less so.

A fullback might be less talented at defense than a center back. Generally, modern tactics has that fullback playing an outside middie position, roaming up and down the wings to provide width and float in crosses. That requires speed, crossing skills and endurance, since they then have to get back to their defensive position.

A good one can make all the difference… Phillip Lahm, Dani Alves, Luke Shaw if he could stay healthy…

I feel like the role of fullback has been somewhat watered down in recent years, the full is one of the most important position in football, i dare say even more so than the centre backs, now the main aim of a football match is to win right? And do you win by defending or having the most possession? No.. you win by scoring goals, now the fullback provide the width of a team, a willing runner ready to stretch up play and provide attacking options in the final third, whipping in crosses without obviously lacking defensively, so the fullbacks are really the legs of the team always full of running up and down the flank. Lahm, marcelo, alves, kyle walker, filipe luis, david alaba some of the very best in that position, you could see how barcelona suffered last season without a recognised right fullback on their roster.

Full Backs are needed to defend against crosses which means that they are typically short because if they were taller they would be a centre back. Full Backs can be important to the attack to, they can pass it up the wing to the winger for a cross, cross it themselves it they find an opening or they can stop an attack by tackling the offender while the CBs have to stay back and make sure they are behind the ball.