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There are normally 11 players on a team at the beginning of a match. But there are exceptions. Let's jump around a bit and perhaps learn some things. The Laws of the Game permit a team to enter a match with a minimum of 7 players. If this team cannot produce more players, it can still begin the match. So 7, 8, 9, or 10 players can begin a game. (The other team doesn't have to play "at reduced strength" just because the first team is short of players.) If a team in a match has one of its players sent off (red carded), it must now "play short" and make do with 10 players. Another send-off will reduce that teams numbers yet again. Should the team be at 7 (either from the start of the match or from "attrition" due to red cards, another red card will mandate the termination of the match. (The team that has fewer than 7 players forfeits the match.) There are other "kinds" of soccer (beach soccer, indoor soccer and such) where the teams begin with 5 or 7 or however many players the governing body sponsoring the match designates. Also, short-sided games can be played in competitions where 5 vs. 5 or 7 vs. 7 or another "set" number of players takes to the field. (And the size of the fields is reduced, either a little or a lot.) The objectives and ideas of the sponsors and the cooperation of the players and teams is blended so that "the essence of the game" can be played in a modified format to fit location, players (their age and/or abilities), or anything else. (Imagine a full-sized soccer field laid out on a sandy beach and two teams of 11 going at it. Probably not cool. Different, but probably not cool.) Some "careful" and "respectful" modifications to the game are made all the time. It's about the players and the spirit of the game. How can a sponsoring organization serve them both? Modifications are permitted for this purpose.

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There are 11 players on the field in an average soccer game. There is usually the goalie, a sweeper(last line of defense before goalie), 2 defenders, 1 stopper(in-between the mids and the defenders who are behind them), 3 midfielders, and 3 forwards. Some teams set it up differently from others. Some scrimmages are played 8 vs. 8 though.

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