The center forward is considered a glamor position in soccer since the player is expected to score as many goals as possible, so, if successful, the center-forward often receives most of the glory. A true number 11, therefore, should be focused on putting the ball in the net and represent the front line of attack.
The center forward in soccer needs to focus on one thing only: creating goals. If you are asked to play center forward, you’ll be playing close to the opponent’s goal throughout much of the game, looking for chances to score, like famed New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry, formerly of London club Arsenal.
The center forward plays a little deeper than the striker would, and will usually play in lieu of the striker when the manager opts for a front 3. This type of forward will sometimes be confused with an attacking midfielder, but the difference is that the center forward is still usually the furthest man forward, with the occasional exception of the wingers.
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This is the most important position on a soccer team. Center Forward – The main role of the center forward, like the striker, is to score goals. Center forwards are known for control of the ball in the air, having good dribbling skills, and working as a distraction for the striker.
Center Forward or Striker The center forward's job is to score goals. They should be fast and aggressive and be able to get the ball past the goalkeeper. They need to be able to dribble the ball well, but also to move well without the ball to get open for a pass. Other good skills for center forwards include size, strength, and the ability to head the ball.
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The center of the field is where the "Center Fullback", "Center Midfielder" and "Center Forward" mostly play (you may not have Center positions in your "Formation"; if you play 7 or less on the field you may only have "Right" and "Left" positions).
Exemplary center forwards are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi, Harry Kane and recently Cristiano Ronaldo. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a fierce center forward. Striker (S)
Center Forward. The center forward needs to be able to win and possess balls. With this position, skills should include a good balance of strong and technical, keeping the ball away from the defenders. While at the same time, the player should be thinking of advancing the ball or biding time for the midfielders to get moved up the field. Coach’s Take