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Players and positions in various sports

all-American

adjective

an all-American player is a student at a high school, college, or university in the U.S. who has officially been called one of the best in their particular sport

back

noun

a player on a football or soccer team whose job is to defend (=stop the other team from scoring goals)

back

noun

one of the positions on a team where a back plays, behind the front line of players

backfield

noun

the players who play in the backfield

ballplayer

noun

someone who plays baseball, especially as their job

blue

noun

a person who has played for Oxford University or Cambridge University in a sport

boy

noun

the members of a sports team

center

noun

a player in football whose position is in the middle of the offensive line

center

noun

a player in games such as hockey and soccer whose position is in the middle of a line of forwards (=attacking players)

center forward

noun

the person in the center of the front row of attacking players in some team sports, for example soccer

club

noun

a team of sports players and the staff who work with them

conference

noun

a group of teams that play against each other

crosstrainer

noun

someone who trains in more than one sport

defender

noun

a player whose job is to stop the other team from scoring in a game such as soccer

defense

noun

the players in a team game who try to prevent the other team from scoring points

defenseman

noun

a player whose job is to stop the other team from scoring points in a game such as hockey

defensive

adjective

a defensive player tries to stop the other team from scoring points

dream team

noun

a perfect team made up of the best players

enforcer

noun

a player in a game, especially hockey, whose job is to frighten members of the other team and to hurt them if they play in a rough or illegal way

the field

noun

the team in baseball, softball, etc. that is throwing the ball and trying to catch it when the other team hits it

fielder

noun

a player in baseball, softball, and some other team sports whose job is to catch or pick up the ball when a player from the other team hits it

finalist

noun

a player or team that takes part in the final game in a competition

first base

noun

the position played by the person who guards first base

first-string

adjective

first-string players on a sports team are the best players

forward

noun

a player in a game such as basketball, soccer, or hockey whose job is to attack the other team and score

free agent

noun

a player who is available to sign a contract with any team

fullback

noun

in sports such as soccer or hockey, a defensive position near your team’s goal or a player in this position

goalie

noun

a goalkeeper

goalkeeper

noun

the player whose job is to stop the ball from going into the goal in games such as soccer

goaltender

noun

a goalkeeper

hacker

noun

someone who enjoys playing a sport but is not very good at it

halfback

noun

in soccer, a player who plays in midfield

hitter

noun

someone who hits a ball, especially in tennis and baseball

international

noun

someone who plays in an international sports game

junior

noun

a young person who is involved in a particular activity, especially sports

junior varsity

noun

a sports team for the players in a school who are either not old enough or not good enough to play on the varsity (=best team)

JV

abbreviation

junior varsity

keeper

noun

a goalkeeper

ladder

noun

a list of the names of all the players in a sports competition in order, with the best player at the top

league

noun

a group of teams or players who regularly compete against one another

league standings

noun

a list of teams or players put in order according to how many games or points they have won in matches or competitions

lineup

noun

a team of players who play in a particular game

midfield

noun

the players who play in the middle part of the field in games played with a ball such as soccer

midfielder

noun

a player who plays in midfield

MVP

noun

Most Valuable Player: the best player in a team in sports such as baseball and American football

offense

noun

the members of a team in a game such as football whose job is to try to score points

outfielder

noun

a player in the outfield

peewee

noun

a child involved in a sport or sports league (=group) organized for children

player

noun

someone who plays a particular game or sport

professional

noun

someone who plays a sport or does an activity as a job rather than for enjoyment

racer

noun

someone or something that competes in a race

reserve

noun

a player who has not been chosen to play in a particular game but who is available to play if needed

the reserves

noun

a team consisting of players who have not been chosen to play for the main team

right-winger

noun

someone who plays on the right side of a field for a team when it is facing its opponents in games such as soccer and field hockey

rookie

noun

someone who has been a professional sports player for less than one year

scorer

noun

a player who scores a point in a game

second-string

adjective

in sports, second-string players are used only if the best players are not available

seed

noun

a player or team that has been given a number that shows how likely they are to win a competition

semifinalist

noun

a person or team who plays in a semifinal

server

noun

the player who hits the ball to start the play in a game such as tennis

shooter

noun

a player who shoots the ball

side

noun

a sports team

signing

noun

a player who has recently signed a contract to join a sports team

sportsman

noun

a man who plays sports, especially a professional player

sportswoman

noun

a woman who plays sports, especially a professional player

squad

noun

a sports team

squad

noun

a large group of players from which a team is chosen

standings

noun

a list of teams or players put in order according to how many points they have won in games or competitions against each other. The usual British word is table.

striker

noun

a soccer player whose main job or skill is scoring goals

string

noun

a group of players of the same level of ability

sub

noun

a substitute, especially someone who plays instead of another player in a sport

substitute

noun

a player who replaces another member of his or her team during a game

sweeper

noun

a player on a soccer team who plays behind the players in defense

tailback

noun

a football player whose position is farthest behind the front line of players

team

noun

a group of people who play a sport or a game against another group

team

noun

of a team

transfer

noun

a person such as a football player who has been moved from one team to another

unmarked

adjective

in sports, an unmarked player has a lot of freedom to move because they are not being marked by a player from the other team

the visitors

noun

the team that has traveled to their opponent’s sports field to play against them, for example in a football game

wild card

noun

a player who has this permission

wing

noun

a player who plays on the left or right side in soccer, ice hockey, and some other sports

winger

noun

one of the players in a game such as ice hockey or soccer who play mainly down the right or left side of the field

left-winger

noun

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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