|About the Book|
When I was growing up the outside back was called a fullback not a wingback. In those days the fullback was never the most athletic or technical player. Normally the fullback was tough, determined and worked hard, but usually below the skill level ofMoreWhen I was growing up the outside back was called a fullback not a wingback. In those days the fullback was never the most athletic or technical player. Normally the fullback was tough, determined and worked hard, but usually below the skill level of the other players. Sometimes when a player is slightly less talented, playing them wide reduces their decision-making options and simplifies the game- which is why most coaches elected to play less experienced and skilled players at fullback compared to a central role. Once a player improved they could be shifted into a more central role, but some players are naturally better suited for a more central role and some are built to play wide.Today the demands of the outside back position are radically different than when I was a player. The fullback position has morphed into a new position called a “wingback”. The wingback is a dynamic position that requires well-rounded technical ability, an exceptionally high fitness level, speed and excellent soccer IQ. The modern wingback is inter-changeable with the winger (total football), expected to play box to box, has the ability to penetrate off the dribble, possesses short and long range passing ability, combines well with teammates, has excellent 1v1 defending skills, is strong in the tackle and good in the air. The days of sitting back and not getting forward are over for the outside back. Modern soccer is requiring wingbacks to provide attacking width, meaning the wingbacks have to cover serious ground getting forward in the attack!This book is intended to be a positional guide for the modern wingback. The illustrations take the player & coach through the wingbacks positioning from a goal kick, possession in the back 1/3, possession in the middle 1/3, possession in the attacking 1/3 and defensive positioning. It is my intention for the guidebook to be used by both coaches and players in order to gain a greater understanding of the proper positioning and responsibilities of the wingback. I have also included room for interpretation of the wingbacks positioning based upon the style of play, coaches instructions and game situations.. Some coaches may be very aggressive with the wingbacks and others will be conservative. The diagrams in this book offer different options for wingback positioning based upon attacking or defensive mindsets.