A reader asked if I could write on the position of the roaming center midfielder. The roaming center midfielder position typically not a position that a person can say they play each and every game. It is a position that is only used in certain formations and to be played against certain teams. The player that plays this position is often a very skilled and offensive minded player.
“Every disadvantage had got its advantage.”
– Johan Cruyff, legendary Dutch player
Ten Players. You have ten teammates (plus a goalkeeper). With those ten people, you can have countless formations when placing players in the attacking third, middle third, and defensive third. So many, in fact, that to list them all and each of their benefits and weaknesses would become an anthology onto itself. Some are obviously poor choices reserved for unbridled children playing in an impromtu game like sending all ten players to the forward to attack the goal (note: never happens), or on the flip side, keeping all ten players in the backfield (also, never happens). This article will stick with the more common formations you’ll run into on a game-by-game basis.