What is Defender?

Defender meaning If a team does not have possession of the ball, they are the defensive team, making all players defenders. While the backs are also called defenders, everyone on the field should be able to defend! Defense as a team consists of mark, cover, and balance.  The first defender is the person marking the ball. The second defender is the person covering/supporting the first defender. The third defender is the rest of the team,  creating balance and marking space so that a long pass or crossing ball doesn’t exploit them.


reference: NC Youth Soccer: Soccer Glossary. Words and terms of the game