- Winger (sport)
In certain sports, such as football,
field hockey, ice hockey, handball, rugby union, and rugby league, the term winger is the name of a position. It refers to positions on the extreme left and right sides of the pitch (the "wings"). In American footballand Canadian football, the analogous position is the wide receiver. Wingers often try to use pace to exploit extra space available on the flanks that can be made available by their team-mates dominating the centre ground. They must be wary however of not crossing the touchline and going out of play. In sports where the main method of scoring involves attacking a small goal (by whatever name) in the centre of the field, a common tactic is to cross the ball to a central team-mate.
In football, a winger is an attacking
midfielderin a wide position. Wingers are usually players of great pace or dribblingability so as to provide cut-backs or crosses from which strikers can score. Their main function is to support attack from the wings. Wingers do lots of high-speed running from attack to defence.
ice hockeyis a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wing men in the game -- out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. This position is typically just called "Wing", often preceded by the side on which the player normally skates (Left Wing or Right Wing).
In Handball are two wing positions: left wing and right wing. In a typical team, these positions are occupied by fast and relatively small players. One of their main jobs in a game are fast attacks.
Rugby league and rugby union
Wingers or wings play on either the extreme left or the extreme right. They are usually the fastest players on the field and score the most tries. Wingers often fall back with the fullback to take kicks from the opposition.
For more information see
rugby league positionsand rugby union positions.
Football (soccer) positions
Rugby league positions
Rugby union positions
Australian rules football positions
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