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They help defend the goal, by trying to stop the other team scoring. The goalkeeper stays in the goal and the defenders are further out, trying to stop the other team getting close to the goal or getting a shot at goal. There are usually four defenders, though it is up to the manager as to how many they have. That will depend on their tactics. So they might have an extra defender or they could decide to have one less and move another player towards the middle or front of the pitch.

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Another word for what the defense on a soccer team is doing is blocking. They are blocking the ball from the goal.

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