The No.6: football tactics explained

Jorginho is a No.6 in every sense
Jorginho a No.6 in every sense (Image credit: Getty Images)

When we think of famous No.6, we often think centre-halves. Bobby Moore, Franco Baresi, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell all spring to mind.

But throughout the continent and vast majority of football, the No.6 is not a defender. Instead the squad number has become synonymous with a very specific type of midfielder.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.