EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Passing through midfield

Matches are often won or lost in the centre of midfield, so the better your team is able to maintain possession of the ball here, the better placed it will be able to attack the opposition and create chances.

What this session is about

  1. Keeping possession.
  2. Passing.
  3. Switching play.

What to think about

  • Spread out to create space.
  • Identify and attack the space.
  • Quick, accurate, passing.
  • Good movement to create space.
  • Get on half-turn and receive with back foot.
  • Good first touch away from defenders and into space.
  • Play with head up.
  • Make a new angle to receive next pass.
  • Where it fits Soccer coaching.

Set-up

  • Outer area approx 30 x 30 metres.
  • Inner area approx 10 x 10 metres.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

One attacker, the midfielder, stays in the smaller central area, which the other players are not allowed to enter. The attackers in the outer area must keep possession away from the defenders and, whenever possible, use the central midfield player to switch the play. Run the practice for a set time and give each player a chance to be the central midfielder.

The attacking team must keep possession of the ball.

The attacking team must keep possession of the ball.


Development

Once your players are comfortable with the practice you can allow the attackers only two touches of the ball, one to control and one to pass. As always, you should encourage players to use both feet to pass and receive the ball.

Whenever possible the attackers should switch the play by passing through the central midfielder.

Whenever possible the attackers should switch the play by passing through the central midfielder.


Game situation

Play 4v4 in an area approx 20 x 30 metres without goals. A goal is awarded to the team that completes a certain number of passes.

Play 4v4 and award points for consecutive passes completed.

Play 4v4 and award points for consecutive passes completed.


What to call out

  • “Keep the ball moving”
  • “Call for the ball”
  • “Get your head up”
  • “Switch the play”
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