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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 US who has officially been called one of the best in their particular sport

A. N. Other

noun

a member of a sports team who has not been chosen yet, so that you cannot give their real name in a list of players

back

noun

a player in a football or hockey 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

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

cap

noun

a player who has played for their country’s team

centre

noun

a player in some team sports whose position is in the middle of the line of attacking players

centre forward

noun

the person in the centre of the front row of attacking players in some team sports

club

noun

a team of sports players and the staff who work with them: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

conference

noun

a group of teams that play against each other

crosstrainer

noun

someone who trains in more than one sport

defence

noun

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

defender

noun

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

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

the field

noun

the team in baseball, cricket etc that is throwing the ball and trying to catch it when the other team hits it: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

fielder

noun

a player in cricket, baseball, 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-string

adjective

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

forward

noun

a player in a game such as basketball, football, 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

front man

noun

a player who plays near the other team’s goal and tries to score in a sport such as football

fullback

noun

in sports such as football 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 going into the goal in games such as football

halfback

noun

in rugby or hockey, a player who plays in front of the defending players but is not in an attacking position

halfback

noun

in football, 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 match

junior

noun

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

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, put in order according to how many points they have won

league table

noun

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

line-up

noun

a team of players who play in a particular sports game

marker

noun

a player whose job is to stay close to a member of the other team in a game such as football in order to prevent them from getting the ball or playing effectively

midfield

noun

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

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 football

offense

noun

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

outfielder

noun

a player in the outfield

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

qualifier

noun

a player or team that wins a qualifier

racer

noun

someone or something that competes in a race

reserve

noun

a player who has not been chosen to play in a particular match 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 football and hockey

roster

noun

a list of all the players who belong to a particular team

scorer

noun

a player who scores a point in a game

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 sport, especially a professional player

sportswoman

noun

a woman who plays sport, 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 matches or competitions against each other. The usual British word is table.

striker

noun

a football 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 match

sweeper

noun

a player in a football team who plays behind the players in defence

team

noun

a group of people who play a sport or a game against another group: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

team

noun

of a team

tourist

noun

a member of a sports team that is travelling to different countries to play a series of games

transfer

noun

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

unmarked

adjective

in sport, 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

a team who have travelled to their opponents’ sports ground to play against them, for example in a football match

wild card

noun

a player who has this permission

wing

noun

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

winger

noun

one of the players in a game such as football, rugby, or hockey who play mainly down the right or left side of the field

left-winger

noun

back three/four/five

the players in a football or hockey team whose job is to defend (=stop the other team from scoring goals)

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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