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Get midfielders scoring goals

Attacking midfielders have always been great to watch… especially when I have had the benefit of a great attacking midfielder in my own team. But even if I haven’t been blessed with one I can create attacking midfielders that will run the game for me.

I like to create a player who can slot in just behind my central striker using the ball with imagination and creativity. They can play slick through balls and shoot at goal themselves. Every team needs a player like this.

When I set up my Under 9s team even they have a player who can attack from midfield surging forward or clipping balls to the winger.

My list of attributes for an attacking midfielder would be:

  • Dictates play from behind the striker
  • Creates goalscoring chances
  • Has great technique
  • Shoots when the chance comes
  • Shows creativity

If you want to create an attacking midfielder for your team use the sessions below:

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. Quick in transition 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. Score and react is as the name suggests about scoring and reacting, beating a keeper or getting past a defender.

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