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The dynamic midfielder

The term “box to box” is given to midfielders who are able to get from one penalty box to the other in order to both create and score goals. This dynamic type of player is worth his weight in gold because he is vital in defence as well.

What this session is about

  1.  Developing box-to-box midfielders.
  2.  Working hard to influence the game.
  3.  Scoring goals.

What to think about

A box-to-box midfielder is an all action, energetic player.

This type of midfielder is able to influence the game by dominating the midfield battle.

A player in this style is Steven Gerrard of English Premier League team Liverpool. Gerrard is able to answer the three questions of football player development (Do you score goals? Do you create goals? Do you stop goals?) with a YES.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes10-15 minutes15-20 minutes25-30 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out a pitch, with a goal at each end, split into three areas.

Each team has two players in the defensive zone, two players in the midfield zone and two players in the attacking zone.

None of these players can leave their areas.

The game has two neutral players. One of which starts inside the pitch and the other rests outside the pitch.

The neutral player helps the team in possession of the ball and is the only player allowed in all three zones of the pitch.

This allows the neutral player to create 3v2 situations in each zone by working from box to box.

You must ensure to rotate the neutral player with the resting player as this role requires high-work levels.

A neutral player is the dynamic midfielder who can enter any zone. A resting player swaps places when fatigue sets in.

A neutral player is the dynamic midfielder who can enter any zone. A resting player swaps places when fatigue sets in.


Development

To develop this activity, each team now has two players in the defensive zone, three players in the middle zone and two players in the attacking zone.

The two defenders and two forwards must not leave their areas of the pitch. But, the three midfield players are free to enter all areas of the pitch and run into the three different zones.

This ensures all midfielders have to work hard from box to box.

Three midfielders on each team can go into any of the areas of the pitch.

Three midfielders on each team can go into any of the areas of the pitch.


Game situation

Use the same size area but remove the dividing lines. Two teams play a small-sided game, in which offside rules apply.

All players can go anywhere on the pitch but each team nominates three specific midfield players – they cannot be strikers.

Double goals are awarded for goals scored by a midfielder who can get into the opponent’s penalty box to score a goal. The team with most goals wins.

Double goals are awarded to any of the nominated midfielders who score a goal.

Double goals are awarded to any of the nominated midfielders who score a goal.


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