Midfield

Coaching a midfield is about making sure each of your midfielders understands their role and responsibilities. With good coaching and organisation your midfield should be able to support the defence and take the ball up the pitch, combining with the forwards to create and score goals. They need to have vision to see where to pass, and the skill and speed to execute their tactics.

These soccer drills and small-sided games look at a number of different midfield scenarios and suggest methods and coaching games to play to boost your midfield players’ skills.

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Creative Midfield

Help your players to hone their creativity with this game of possession versus attack. Players must keep the ball or take quick advantage of gaining possession with clever attacks Why use it This drill is aimed at getting midfielders to use creativity in the final third of the pitch in order to create or take

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Soccer drill to get your midfielders defending then attacking

Teams play better when a strong midfielder is winning the ball off the attackers and creating opportunities for a counter attack. Try these soccer coaching tips and drills to see just how effective this can be.   I did a terrible thing this season. I dismantled my all-conquering under-11s team and scattered them to the

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Create The Unexpected

With Wigan as FA Cup final underdogs, their best chance of success is to catch City by surprise with some unexpected midfield creativity. Get your team to try it too Why use it Creative midfield play can give players a split second to get a shot away or set up a supporting midfielder. They have

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Stand And Deliver

Help your midfielders become tough-tackling ball winners with a session that teaches them the skills they need to protect the back four Why use it This session replicates situations where midfielders can find themselves outnumbered and a timely tackle is needed to stop a move in its tracks.

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The next Jack Wilshere

This session will help teach your players to play like Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Jack Wilshere.  What to look for The player should always be looking to score a goal. When receiving the ball, the first thought should be, can I beat the defender with a skill? Secondly, if I cannot beat the defender with a

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Hit the target man

This game involves winning the ball in midfield before releasing to a target man to finish.   How to set it up Use a 30×20 yards (min) up to 40×25 yards (max) area. Create two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal line. Use two teams of four players, plus two keepers.

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The dynamic midfielder

The term box-to-box midfielder is about getting from one penalty box to the other to create and score goals. This dynamic type of player is also vital to the defence – a match winner in the making. Do you have a midfielder, like Steven Gerrard, who can answer YES to these three questions? Do you

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Get your soccer midfielders communicating with your attackers

Getting teams to play a passing game is one of my main targets with the team I am coaching. Players enjoy it, parents enjoy it and you will get a whole heap of good things out of it. One of the ways to make passing more successful – especially between attackers and midfielders – is

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Soccer coaching game using a target man

This game involves winning the ball in midfield before releasing to a target man to finish. How to set it up Pitch size: 30×20 yards (min) up to 40×25 yards (max). Create two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal line. Use two teams of four players, plus two keepers. The rules Each team