EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Create the best attacking midfield

To dominate the centre of the park you need players who can drive through midfield with excellent close control and balance, get into advanced positions and link with strikers to create goalscoring opportunities.

This takes pressure off your front players and gives you more opportunities to score goals.

If you want your team to possess a midfield dynamo, try running the sessions below and give your team an attacking midfield to rival the best.

One of my favourite sessions to use in midfield to really show my central players that they can drive down the middle of the pitch and really put pressure on central defenders. Corridor of power helps develop players who can control the ball in tight areas, can pass accurately over short or long distances and can create space to make a killer pass to score a point.

To create the best attacking midfield you also need players who can think about when and where to play the ball. Midfield brains develops players who can set up attacks by reacting quickly to moments of transition in a game, principally moving from defence to attack.

Midfield has a lot of individual work for youth players – pressing to win the ball, dribbling or using a skill to drive past players. Moving the ball forwards is key to this. Midfield surge is all about beating players and getting past stubborn defenders. It also puts the pressure on the defenders to keep hold of the ball and encourages midfield/attackers to win it and score.

Finally, the best midfield needs players who are not afraid to shoot at the goal when the opportunity arises. A great drive into the box with a shot at the end is a fantastic skill to have in any team. Midfield score is as the name suggests about scoring and reacting, beating a keeper or getting past a defender.

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