Understanding FIFA positions is very important if you want to play well and be prepared to change your squad in any situation.
For example, if you end up with a player who is a Left Wing, like Neymar, injured and you don’t have any other left winger on your bench, it’s possible to replace him with another player, like Rashford, who is a Left Midfielder. and it will basically perform the same functions.
Understanding how positions work is essential for you to build a lineup that makes sense and put players on the bench who can replace others without major problems and without you having to change your team’s formation.
This is especially useful in online matches, where we don’t have the time to pause the match and think strategically about what decision to make.
Therefore, today Futrading brings you a summary with all FIFA positions and which of them can be used and replaced in other positions.
That way, you’ll always be prepared to face any enemy that crosses your path when you’re playing Ultimate Team. Good reading!
What are FIFA positions?
FIFA positions are nothing more than the positions in which players play. It is identical to what we are used to in real-life football, where we have forwards, goalkeepers, midfielders, defenders, full-backs and wingers.
What are the FIFA positions?
Check out the complete list of all FIFA positions now:
Goalkeeper (GOAL / GK)
The Goalkeeper, represented by the acronym GOL (or GK in English – Goalkeeper), is one of the most important positions in the game.
Whether in career mode or playing online matches in Ultimate Team, it is essential that you always have two goalkeepers at your disposal: one on the field and the other on the bench.
That’s because we know that anything can happen within FIFA matches. So, in case your goalkeeper gets injured or ends up getting a red card, it’s important that you have another one on the bench to replace him.
Centre-Back (ZAG / CB)
Defenders, in turn, represented by the acronym ZAG (CB in English – Central Back), form the most important part of your defense on the field.
It’s interesting that you have another one on the bench in case something happens to one of those on the field, especially if you play with a lineup with two defenders.
An alternative is to have two full-backs on the bench, as many players in that position can also act as full-backs without losing overall points.
Right Back (LD / RB)
The right side, represented by the acronym LD (RB in English – Right Back), is the one who takes care of the defense of the right side of the field.
The vast majority of players who play in this position can also be selected to play in the left-back position.
Some of these players can also be cast in games as defenders or as left midfielders or right midfielders, as they perform well both in attack and defense.
In FIFA 21, full-backs who can also play as a right midfielder or left midfielder were represented by the acronym ADD.
However, in FIFA 22 this acronym no longer exists. In any case, check the SoFIFA website. It is the best option to know which players can be selected in these positions.
Left Back (LE / LB)
The left side, represented by the acronym LE (LB in English – Left Back), is the player responsible for defending the left side of the field.
Like right-backs, left-backs can also be cast as right-backs if the need arises.
Some of these players, as well as the right backs, can also be called as defenders or as left or right midfielders.
In any case, just follow the tip we gave in the previous topic and stay tuned to SoFIFA.
Central Defensive Midfielder (VOL / CDM)
The defensive midfielder, represented by the acronym VOL (CDM in English – Central Defensive Midfielder) acts as a more defensive midfielder, but in the end, ends up acting as a handyman in the midfield.
He can be responsible for putting together interesting plays and passing to the other midfield players so that the ball reaches the attacker’s feet.
Central Midfielder (MC/CM)
The midfielder, represented by the acronym MC (CM in English – Central Midfielder) is responsible for setting up the plays.
In very difficult cases, you can put a right midfielder, left midfielder or attacking midfielder to play in this position if necessary.
Right Midfielder (MD/RM)
The Right Midfielder, represented by the acronym MD (RM in English – Right Midfielder) is a slightly more versatile player, who can be scaled in place of the wingers of your team.
He can be replaced by the left midfielder without major problems. In some cases, he may lose some points, but there are players who do well in both positions.
He’s a more attacking midfielder type, but he doesn’t do as well in the more central positions of the field.
If necessary, he can be replaced by a winger or an attacking midfielder.
Left Midfielder (ME/LM)
The left midfielder, represented by the acronym ME (LM in English – Left Midfielder) is a player who is in the offensive part on the left.
Like the right midfielder, he can also play in the opposite position, and there are several players who are versatile and can play on both sides of the field.
Like the right midfielder, these players just don’t play very well in the most central offensive position (although there are exceptions, such as Jadon Sancho) and can be replaced by players who act as wingers.
Central Attacking Midfielder (MEI / CAM)
The Offensive Midfielder, represented by the acronym MEI (CAM in English – Central Attacking Midfielder), in turn, is a type of midfielder who plays more advanced, in a more suitable position for the attack.
They are the most versatile players in the game, as they can replace left midfielders, right midfielders, left wingers, right wingers and centre forwards.
Left Wing (PE / LW)
The left winger, represented by the acronym PE (LW in English – Left Wing) is an attacking player who plays on the left. This is the case of Neymar and Vinícius Jr, for example, and they are some of the fastest players in the game.
Some of these players are more versatile and can play well on both sides of the field, like Ansu Fati, for example, while others can also play as attacking midfielders or centre forwards.
Right Wing (PD / RW)
The right winger, represented by the acronym PD (RW in English – Right Wing) on the other hand, is an attacking player who prioritizes the advance on the right side. This is the case of Lionel Messi and Federico Chiesa, for example.
Like left wingers, right wingers tend to be very fast players with great dribbling skills.
Many of them also play well in the position of attacking midfielders or centre forwards and some players play well on both sides of the field.
Centre Forward (SA/CF)
The centre forward, represented by the acronym SA (CF – Center Forward), in turn, is a player who is almost an attacking midfielder, but who is even more advanced on the pitch.
This is the case of players like João Félix, from Atlético de Madrid, or Karim Benzema, from Real Madrid.
These players are usually quite fast and are great to play in a false 9 formation.
Striker (ATA / ST)
Finally, we have the strikers, represented by the acronym ATA (ST in English – Striker) is the most important position of the attack.
Some examples of players who play in this position are Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.
They are usually fast players and those who have a good ability to kick the ball correctly into the goal.
Most players in this position cannot play in other positions, but there are versatile options, such as Kylian Mbappe, who can be placed as a left or right winger in your team without major problems.
As you’ve seen, there are several positions and possibilities that you can utilize when playing in both Career and Ultimate Team modes.
Knowing all these positions and how to change players on the field is especially important in online matches, where you won’t have the time to stop the game and think about all the strategies you can use.
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