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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.


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



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.]
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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Wales found a bit of space in the backfield to put kicks into and that's something for our backfield cover to look at," he said.
James Patterson has complemented Givins-Perry in the backfield and quarterback Ricky Spooner has completed 40 passes, seven for TDs.
And then in the fourth quarter, the unforgiving Ducks put Colt Lyerla in the backfield.
If you ask who'd win the game if it were played next week, I'd have to say Canyon because Oaks just isn't the same team without Marc Tyler in the backfield.
We let the backfield fake encourage the defense to run away from the QB.
Hausler, an expert at global financial architecture, will assume a new position intended to place the IMF more in the backfield of global financial markets.
Similarly, it could be argued that the psychological characteristics necessary to be an effective lineman in American football might differ from that of the backfield player.
No ifs, ands or butts: when TE Alge Crumpler gets his backfield in motion, the Falcons have a huge asset - and defensive backs have a bigger problem.
Garfield 28, Reseda 21 (2OT): After scoring twice, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the first overtime to force a second California tiebreaker, Reseda's Giovannie Dixon was stopped in the backfield by Garfield of East Los Angeles' Christian Orozco on a fourth-down play to give the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (10-1) an opening-round victory.
Royal was fond of two things--the option and a three-man backfield.
That's all the Denver offensive line needs to churn out 1,000-yard seasons for anyone who lines up in the Broncos backfield.