Has you may know anyone on the field can score at any point in a game.
Whether that be the striker upfront or even a goalkeeper in the dying seconds.
However, from watching football, something that might have struck your mind.
Is which position scores the most goals?
Now, if you are either just curious about which position is finding the net the most?
Or simply want to be among the action when you hit the pitch for your team.
Then this post will give you an overall idea of who typically scores the most.
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Which Position Scores The Most Goals?
Strikers will score the most goals, as its their job to put the ball in the net.
This includes anyone in the front line.
Whether they are a direct centre attacking forward or a winger.
The aim for any striker in any game they play is to score goals.
Because of their position and the fact they are the most attacking of the eleven on the pitch.
Unlike midfielders and defenders, the focus for them isn’t to score every game.
That is due to them having different roles, with a defender mostly protecting their goal instead.
For a midfielder the job is more to start attacks then to finish them off like a striker would.
Which Position Is Most Likely To Score?
As I was alluding to earlier, its strikers that are more likely to score than any other position on the pitch.
Due to the positions they take up on the field, it wouldn’t make sense for them not to be.
They are constantly trying to beat the defenders and always looking to get shots off at the keeper.
Also, out of the 11 of a team, they are positioned highest up the field and are closest to the goal.
Therefore it would be silly to think that someone like the goalkeeper is likely to get on the scoresheet.
As not only is their primary job to defend their own goal, but they are literally on the other side of the pitch.
Now despite saying that, strikers aren’t always the most likely to score in every scenario.
That is because there are some times factors that play a role, in the odds of whether a player will score.
Let me take you through a few of them.
Corner kicks when delivered well into the box, present a great opportunity for a team to score.
However what is interesting about these is that, being clinical in front of goal can somewhat go out the window here.
As with a headed goals being the mostly likely type of goal to be scored from these.
It therefore gives anyone a chance of scoring, who is in that box.
In particularly any tall defenders that have been told to get forward for the corner, have a good chance of scoring.
Mainly because of there height and being able to beat smaller opposing players to the ball.
So in a situation like that a defender maybe more likely to score then a striker, especially if the front man is small.
While penalties are typically taking by a front man, they can be taken by anyone in the team.
Normally this is given to the best penalty taker currently on the field.
Because of this you will have designated penalty takers assigned to this kick from all over the field.
To give you a few names, you have Jorginho a defensive midfielder who takes all the penalties for chelsea.
Even with strikers on the field who can take them also.
Other names consist of Manchester United’s Alex Telles, Southamptons James Ward Prowse and even Alexander Kolarov of Inter.
All players who play somewhat defensive positions however are fancied to score more goals since they have the penalty duty.
This also a reason why a bookie would maybe price a defender/midfielder has more likely to score then some attackers playing.
It doesn’t happen to often, however if that team is known for winning lots of penalties it can on occasion.
The formation used by a team also has an impact on who scores the goals.
As for some teams the manager sets out a team without a designated forward.
A good example would be the philosophy of Pep Guardiola where he has named a full 11 without any strikers.
Instead what he does is use false 9’s or attacking midfielders to fill that void, and score goals between them.
When a team applies these tactics, it therefore means instead of it being the strikers being likely to score.
It goes to whoever is the further players forward.
Which in the example with Manchester City is 3/4 attacking midfielders who therefore have the job to score.
So there you have it, Strikers are the players most likely to score in a game once the ref starts the game.
However in a game of football anyone can score and at any point.
While its common for a striker to score in many games over the course of a season, they might not find the net in every game.
Sometimes there are even games where the only scorers are defenders and midfielders.