Players are generally selected in player positions prior to a game to:

  • Help team selectors when selecting teams

  • Let players know what position they are playing for the game.

  • Give greater context to a fan/follower of the match. 

    • display which players are playing in a game

    • comparing players for opposing teams

    • evaluating a players performance based on the position they were selected in

This article covers:

  • Association admins configuring player positions

  • Team selectors selecting player positions in lineups in the admin portal

  • Coaches and team managers selecting player positions in my teams

  • publishing player positions on public game centres

Configuring player positions 

As an association admin, to configure player positions:

Select the Competition Management main menu item, and then the appropriate Competition, select a Grade, Settings, then the Game tab.

Underneath the lineups limit is Player positions, this toggle if enabled will display player positions when selecting players for starting lineups. Positions will also be published on the public game centres depending on the grades publishing settings.


Enforcing positions when selecting starting lineups means all players must have a position assigned in order to save the lineup.

Assigning Player positions on the admin portal

If player positions are enabled, as a club admin (association admins can also enter positions) select the Game Day menu and find the relevant game via the date field then select the Details button.


From here, I can select my team using Select Team.


There is a new POS column for line-ups and because player positions are enforced for this grade the POS has an asterisk and there is a message saying ‘'Starting positions are required for this game.’' Therefore positions must be assigned to all players in the lineup to be able to save the lineup.4.png

Once players are selected, player positions can be assigned. Positions can only be selected once, except for interchange which can apply to multiple players. Note: L or R positions indicate what side of the ground the player will line up in. ie. Back Pocket L would be standing on the left side of the ground when facing their team goals.5.png

Once all players have assigned positions (in the case of being enforced) and player requirements such as minimums have been met then the Next button becomes active and the lineup can be saved.

Player positions can be viewed on the game details page and edited using the edit pencil icon.


Selecting player positions via my teams

Management access must be provided by your association or club admin in order to select lineups from My Teams. For more information on My Teams click here.

Log in to your Playhq account, then select My Account from the menu in the top right corner. Select the appropriate user and sport (if applicable). Then select the team, relevant game and Manage tab. Then click the ‘'Select Team'' button.

If player positions are enabled they can be assigned when entering players in the lineup.

If enforced the Next button will be inactive. Once all players have a position the Next button is active.



The player positions can be viewed and edited by using the lineup pencil.


Viewing player positions on game centres

The player positions are visible on the game details page and depending on the publishing setting and game status may be published on the public game centre.


Note: For AFL, both teams lineups must be entered and all 18 on field positions assigned in order to display player positions on the public game centre. For Hockey and Netball, positions will display whenever they are entered.

In this example, Footscray FC has entered player positions but Aspley hasn’t entered any players, therefore Footscrays players will display in a lineup view.


In the next example, Footscray has entered all players and all player positions but Aspley has only entered some player positions and players.


In the last example, both teams have entered full lineups with the 18 on field positions being allocated and therefore the lineups tab will display the full game formation view, complete with matchups for the game.




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