Meaning of back four in English:

back four


  • The defensive players in a formation that employs four defenders, typically two centre backs and two full backs.

    ‘Darwen's attacks were dealt with excellently by the back four’
    • ‘the back four were very solid’
    • ‘Bonagee then pushed everybody forward in search of an equaliser but they never really troubled the Crystal back four.’
    • ‘I think he looks fitter and stronger and he caused problems for West Ham's back four.’
    • ‘As a back four, they are as good as any in Europe.’
    • ‘We kept the ball very well on what was a difficult pitch, and I thought our back four were outstanding.’
    • ‘Nowhere was this steely resolve more in evidence than among Burnley's back four.’