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One job of central midfielders is to keep possession by linking up attacks. Get them doing just that with this drill.
What this session is about
- Keeping possession.
What to think about
- Display good passing technique – use the inside of the foot, strike through the middle of the ball.
- Pass quickly and accurately – keep the ball moving.
- Play with your head up.
- Show good movement to create space.
- Get on the half turn and receive with the back foot.
- Use a good first touch away from defenders and into space.
- Make a new angle to receive the next pass.
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What you get your players to do
Set up an eight-yard square in the middle of a 30-yard square. Play 4v4 with one team having one player – a central attacker – in the smaller square. No other player can enter that square.
The attackers must keep possession and use the central midfielder to switch play. Regularly rotate the player in the small square.
To progress, restrict attackers to two touches: One to control, one to pass.
Play as before but 2v1 (two central midfielders against a defender) inside a 10-yard central square, with a 3v2 in the outside square. Again, players are restricted to their squares.
Play 6v6 on a 60×40-yard pitch divided into three equal zones with two manned goals. Each team has two players in its defensive and midfield zone and one in the attacking zone. Defenders and attackers must stay in their zones but midfielders can go anywhere. Play must go through the central zones with a pass – not over it or directly through it.
Regularly rotate players into new zones.