How Are Jersey Numbers Assigned To Players?

How Are Jersey Numbers Assigned To Players?

Football jerseys are a major part of the aesthetic that make football what it is. These Jerseys come with numbers with the primary aim to identify the play, and sometimes his position.

How Are Jersey Numbers Assigned To Players?

Traditionally, in an official football match, football, players’ names are written on the back of their jerseys for easy Identification by the fans, commentators, and referees.

Jersey numbers are usually assigned from 1-11 or to whatever number the squad size allows for.

If a player is assigned the number 1 jersey, he’s most likely a goalkeeper. Numbers 2-5 are for defenders, while number 6, number 8, and number 10 are basically for midfielders. Forwards usually wear the numbers 7, 9, and 11 jerseys.

Very high numbers, the most common being 88, are often reserved and used as placeholders when a new player has been signed and played by the manager prior to having a formal squad number. However, in some countries, these high numbers are well-used, in some cases because the player’s preferred number is already taken or for other reasons. On joining A.C. Milan, Andriy Shevchenko, Ronaldinho, and Mathieu Flamini all wore numbers reflecting the year of their birth (76, 80, and 84 respectively), because their preferred numbers were already being worn.

Apart from these basic processes, Jerseys could be assigned based on the player-

Top players are usually given iconic numbers- 8,10,11, and 7. Players who wear number 9 are usually the best or top strikers for their clubs or national teams.

Player Preference

A player could also choose a particular number because of how significant that number means to him.

Players may now wear any number (as long as it is unique within their squad) between 1 and 99. It could be also on the influence of the manager. Sir Alex Ferguson gave the no.7 to Cristiano Ronaldo and he successfully carried on the legacy left by Cantona and Beckham at Manchester United.

In continental Western Europe this can generally be seen:

  • 1– Goalkeeper
  • 2– Right Back
  • 3– Left Back
  • 4– Centre Back
  • 5– Centre Back (or Sweeper, if used)
  • 6– Central Defensive/Holding Midfielder
  • 7– Right Attacking Midfielders/Wingers
  • 8– Central/Box-to-Box Midfielder
  • 9– Striker
  • 10– Attacking Midfielder/Playmaker
  • 11– Left Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

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