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The defender’s main job is to defend the goal. Some defenders play a more attacking role, especially on the outside (the 2 full-backs on the left and the right). However, their main priority is defending their own team’s goal. Any other roles assigned to the defenders depend entirely on the tactical instructions. Defenders try to stop the opposition from scoring first and help the attack and build-up play second.

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