FIFA 23 Positions describe the player’s primary role and area of operation on the pitch.
FIFA 23 Position

All Positions

Each of the eleven players on a team is assigned to a particular position on the field.

Goalkeepers GK
The goalkeeper is the most defensive position in football. Their job is mainly defensive: guarding the team’s goal against being breached (not letting the other team score). Goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands and arms. However, they are restricted to doing so only within an 18-yard box; for this reason, they must wear jerseys that distinguish them from other outfield players and the referee.

Full-Backs RB | LB
Right-Backs and Left-Backs are the defenders stationed on either side of the center-backs to protect from attacking wide players. They often have to defend against the opponent’s wingers, who will try to take the ball past them down the flanks to cross or pass into the penalty area to their attackers. They also take thrown-ins and provide support for the wide midfield ahead of them, eventually overlapping and sending crosses into the opposition box.

Wing-Backs RWB | LWB
Right Wing-Backs and Left Wing-Backs are modern variations of full-backs. They are defenders with a heavier emphasis on attack. They are expected to stay on their touchline, overlap, and send crosses into the opposition box but still mark opposition wingers when needed. It is one of the most physically demanding positions in modern football.

Centre-Back CB
Center-backs play in a central position of the defense. Their job is to stop opposing players, particularly the strikers, from scoring and bring the ball out from their penalty area. CBs are often tall and strong and have good jumping, heading, and tackling abilities. Successful center-backs also need to concentrate, read the game well and be brave and decisive in making last-ditch tackles on attacking players who might otherwise be through on goal.

Defensive Midfielder CDM
Defensive midfielders are stationed in front of the defenders to provide a more secure defense, thus “holding back” opponents’ freedom to attack. The CDM screens the defense by harrying and tackling the opposition teams’ attackers and defenders. They also help tactically, for instance, by directing central attacking players out to the wing where they have more limited influence and by covering the positions of full-backs, midfielders, and even the center-backs as they charge up into the attack.

Centre Midfielder CM
Central midfielders play several roles on the field of play, depending on their particular strengths and team tactics. They are the link between defense and attack and must also defend when the opposition is in possession. Their central position enables them to have an all-round view of the match, and as most of the action takes place in and around their area of the pitch, midfielders often exert the most significant degree of control over how a match is played.

Central Attacking Midfielder CAM
Attacking midfielders are positioned in an advanced midfield position, usually between central midfield and the team’s forwards. Their main role is to create goal-scoring opportunities using superior vision and skill. The attacking midfielder is an important position requiring the player to possess superior technical abilities in passing and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to read the opposing defense to deliver defense-splitting passes to the strikers.

Side Midfielder RM | LM
Right and Left Midfielders are wide, effectively hugging the touchline. Like all attacking players, wide midfielders need to have ‘off-the-ball’ intelligence by being able to read passes from the midfield that give them a clear crossing or scoring opportunity. Usually, right-footed players are played on the right flank and left-footed players on the left as a matter of familiarity and comfort.

Winger RW | LW
Right, and Left Wingers are in a wide position near the touchlines. A winger’s main attribute is usually speed, which is used to attack and dribble past the opponent’s full-backs to get behind the defense and then deliver crosses and passes into the center for their attackers. Occasionally they may swap sides of the field as a tactical move.

Side Forward RF | LF
Right, and Left Forwards play along the wing. This position is similar to a winger, but a wide forward play on the front line emphasizes beating defenders more than crossing the ball. Wingers and wide forwards share many similarities, such as crossing, dribbling, and pace. These two positions were removed from FUT 23.

Centre Forward CF
Center-forwards are positioned between midfield and attack. They have two roles: first, they score goals through passes from teammates; second, they distract the defense from giving room for the attacking midfielder, winger, or withdrawn striker to attack. They usually need a good vision and technical and creative skills.

Strikers ST
Strikers are positioned nearest to the opposing team’s goal. Their primary responsibility is scoring goals and creating scoring chances for other players. They can also hold the ball up until teammates join the attack and harry opposition defenders and goalkeepers while not in possession. A striker must be brilliant at receiving and controlling the ball, strong, and capable of winning the ball in the air.
FIFA 23 Position

Position Abbreviations

There are seventeen positions in FUT 23. In the squad screen, each position is identified by its abbreviation.


Position Modifier Items

Position Modifiers items are consumables responsible for modifying the position of a player.

Although players could play in any position, they won’t have any individual chemistry if you place them out of position. As it is not always possible to make these positions match, there are modifier items that help you to solve this problem.

In FUT 23, every player has a primary position and may eventually have up to three secondary positions in which they have real-life experience. You can use a position modifier card to make them change from primary to a secondary position and vice-versa.

If the original preferred position of a player is RB, RWB, LB, LWB, RM, RW, LM, LW, CF or ST, they will have as one of the alternative positions RWB, RB, LWB, LB, RW, RM, LW, LM, ST and CF respectively.

How to apply positioning items to a player?
  1. From the main Ultimate Team screen, press R1/RB to select the [Club] tab;
  2. Select [Squad];
  3. Select a player;
  4. Press square/X to go to the [Actions] screen;
  5. Select [Apply Consumable];
  6. Select a position modifier item.
Position modifiers have been a critical feature of the Ultimate Team mode for several FIFA iterations because of their direct impact on the chemistry. However, in FIFA 23, this system has received a significant rework.

In previous titles, you could alter each position, except for center-backs and goalkeepers, to fit your formation and provide maximum squad chemistry. Now, your players can only play in up to three positions. Instead of having multiple modifying items as before, you have now a unique card that allows you to swap the position of your player for one of the three allowed, regardless of which positions they are.

These revolutionary changes make the game more real. You no longer will be able to turn a central defensive midfielder into a striker or a right midfielder into a right winger. Now, your players will play in the same positions they play in real life.

You are now more limited because your players will not be able to play in as many positions as before. However, there are also new opportunities. For example, a center-back can now play in other positions like a full-back if the player has that experience from real life.
Frequently Asked Questions
In FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, every player has one, two, three or four preferred positions. If he only has one, you cannot change it. However, if he has two or more, you can swap between them by applying a position modifier item.
If you have a player who can play in two or more positions, you can apply him a position modifier item following these steps:

  1. From the main Ultimate Team screen, press R1/RB to select the [Club] tab;
  2. Select [Squad] and choose a player;
  3. Press square/X to go to the [Actions] screen and select [Apply Consumable];
  4. Select a position modifier item.
  5. If he has more than two positions, you must select for which positions you want him to change.
In FUT, a player can only have one, two, three or four positions. When out of position, he won’t have any individual chemistry and will potentially affect the chemistry of his team mates.
You can only do it if the primary and one of the secondary positions of the player are CM and CDM. You only have to apply him a position modifier item in that case.
One. Contrary to previous years, in FIFA 23, only one position modifier item type allows you to swap between the positions a player may have as preferred.
FIFA 23 Position Modifier Items can be acquired in the transfer market.
Yes. Select a player, tap R2/RT to switch from Growth to Position, and choose the position you want the player to learn.