Centre line (football)


The two wingmen control the open spaces in the middle of the ground.[1] They can vary in size, depending on team balance or opposition match-ups, but in general they need to be highly skilled, especially in kicking.[2] Wingmen also require considerable pace and stamina, as they run up and down the ground linking play between defence and attack.[2] The Victorian Football Association (VFA) abolished the wing role for many years, which sped up play and increased the average team score. However, this was not copied in other leagues.[1]

Notable wingmen in Australian football over the years include:


The centre player usually consists of a hard-running midfielder capable of feeding outside running teammates.

Notable centres in Australian football over the years include:


  1. Pascoe, 1995, p. 30
  2. Northey, John (13 April 2010). "Playing Position Wingman". Swooper Coach. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012.
  3. Pascoe, 1995, p. 31
  4. D'Anello, Luke (21 May 2012). "Doug Hawkins is Bulldogs' favourite son". Herald Sun.
  5. "Darren Millane Trophy – clubman". 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011.
  6. McNicol, Adam. "Peter Riccardi at GWSP". countryfootyscores.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. Pascoe, 1995, p. 32
  8. "The Greatest Team Of All". portadelaidefc.com.au. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012.
  9. "Football legend Maurice Rioli dead from suspected heart attack". The Sunday Times. 25 December 2010. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010.
  10. Rucci, Michelangelo (8 August 2012). "Hail Macca the great". The Advertiser.


  • Pascoe, Robert (1995). The winter game : the complete history of Australian football. Port Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-85561-644-1.
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