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Difference Between A Full Back And A Wing Back In Football.

In football, players have different roles on the pitch of play. Different formations bring about different roles for players.

The formation that a coach decides to use will affect the position of a footballer. However, there are some positions that will fundamentally remain the same.


In Modern football, there are new formations and new tactics and that will bring about new roles for players on the field. 30 to 40 years ago in football, the term “Wing-back” was obscure. However, with new formations and patterns like 3-4-3 and 3-5-2, the role of a traditional full-back has changed.

Let’s Learn The Difference Between A Wing-back and A Full-back in football.

Most wing-backs can play as a full-back but not many full-backs can play as a wing-back.


Who is a “Full-back” in football.

Full-backs are defenders that operate only to provide width to the defense and mark opposing wingers. Their job is fairly simple compared to that of a wing back. Former Chelsea player Ashley Cole is a typical example of a full back.


So, who is a Wing-back?

Marcos Alonso is a proper wing-back, Achraf Hakimi is a wing-back. Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries is also a wing-back. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has also played the role often because of Liverpool’s style of play.Wing-backs combine the functions of a winger and a full back.


The wing-back position is a very demanding one. Players who play wing back position are required to help the attack, provide the midfield with width, and also help defensively.


Some basic Differences Between Wing-backs and Full-backs in football.

Wing-backs- Must help with the attack

Full-backs- His priority on the pitch is to be more defensive.

Wing-backs- Provides width for midfield 

Full-backs- He is not required to come into the midfield.

Wing-backs- Should be contributing to goals and assists.

Full-backs- He’s primary job on the pitch is to help keep clean sheets.


Different formations brings about different patterns on the pitch. The Wing-back role is a result of modern football tinkering from innovative coaches.

This photo below shows two systems. One is with Wing-backs and the other is with Full-backs.


In conclusion, the recent form of Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell is the perfect example to make people understand the difference between the two roles.

Chelsea signed Chilwell as a full-back from Leicester City.

Former Chelsea coach Frank Lampard used Ben Chilwell as a full-back, but under Thomas Tuchel, the English defender plays as a Wing-back, hence his recent good run in front of goal.

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