craigrichardsfcthe 9 role has to be big strong and aggressive their main job is to keep the opposition defense busy and pushed back running in front of the oppositions defense finding space while also going out wide and giving the team width someone for numbers 2 and 3 to hit long passes to , 9 must hold up the ball and play team mates into space or be able to turn and run at defenders . the line on the pitch signals how far back the 9 comes as yo can see roughly no more than 10 to 15 yards into their own half