Half spaces

If we split a pitch vertically into 5 sections, we have the two wide areas often called ‘wings’. The two segments between the wings and the centre sgements are called the half spaces


A deep-lying playmaker. Andrea Pirlo is almost always the example given.


A creative attacking player, a classic number-10. The term means three-quarters referring to them playing not in the final quart of the pitch but just before it. Usually they will play just behind one or two more strictly goal-scorers. Often they may drop deep to collect the ball. They must be very good with the ball at their feet and can usually also score well. Lionel Messi is typically a good example.

Double pivot

The 2 in a 4-2-3-1 formation.