The captain of a team, also known as the ‘skipper’, is a player chosen to be the on-field leader of the team. Captains are usually the more experienced players in the team and they have the qualities to lead or influence their teammates. The captain wears an armband to show their position; if a captain gets injured or substituted then the armband is passed to a teammate, usually the designated assistant captain.
What are the responsibilities of a captain in Soccer?
At the start of the game, the captain enters the center circle to join the opposing captain, referee and, assistant referee for a coin toss. The result of this determines which team will kick-off and what half of the pitch they start in. This is the only official responsibility of a captain and is a recognized law in the sport.
During the match, captains are allowed to approach the referee to discuss certain decisions that affect their team, for example, a free-kick awarded against them or a caution being given to a teammate. However, the captain has no authority to interfere or change the decision made. In some cases, referees may approach a captain to discuss their team’s behavior.
Some smaller responsibilities can include leading their team out onto the pitch at the start of the match or lifting trophies won in cup competitions like the world cup. Captains generally support their teammates and try to lead by example.