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1. Football
a. The players stationed some distance behind the line of scrimmage: a team with a strong defensive backfield.
b. The positions filled by these players.
c. The area in which these players are positioned.
2. Sports The primarily defensive players on a soccer, field hockey, or Rugby team.
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1. (American Football) the backfield (sometimes functioning as plural) the quarterback and running backs in a team
2. (American Football) the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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1. the members of a football team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
2. their positions considered as a unit.
[1910–15, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backfield - the offensive football players who line up behind the linemenbackfield - the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen
back - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
football team, eleven - a team that plays football
formation - an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
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He is excellent in the backfield, particularly when the ball is on the ground, and is solid in the air, which should make it harder for England to kick in behind.
I could see both teams playing 8, 9 & 15 in the backfield to nullify the kicking, leaving room to attack.
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He was an integral part of the backfield on the team that went to the 1949 state football championship.
One of the many charitable endeavors that Shoney's supports is Backfield in Motion, a Nashville, Tenn.-based charity that provides educational and personal mentoring to young men from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
And he's not afraid to attach his name to some big goals for Oregon State's backfield, which looks like one of the deepest in the Pac-12.
"He has such an impact on the game from the backfield and is a real handful for opposition defences to deal with.