INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Midfield

Coaching a midfield is about making sure each of your midfielders understands their role and responsibilities. With good coaching and organisation your midfield should be able to support the defence and take the ball up the pitch, combining with the forwards to create and score goals. They need to have vision to see where to pass, and the skill and speed to execute their tactics.

These soccer drills and small-sided games look at a number of different midfield scenarios and suggest methods and coaching games to play to boost your midfield players’ skills.

How to coach keep ball - part 1

Keep ball

in Midfield, Practice plans

The success of Spain at international level proves a game based on possession can win the biggest trophies. Try this exercise with your players and they will start appreciating the value of keeping the ball. MORE

How to coach defensive midfielder drills- part 1

The midfield enforcer

in Midfield, Practice plans

The enforcer’s role in the team is to stop opponent’s attacks by applying pressure and making tackles. He plays just in front of the defence and is often the first resistance an opposition attack faces. MORE

The art club

in Attacking, Midfield

This is about creating space in midfield when build ups start from the back and fullbacks or centre backs have possession and want to use it cleverly. MORE

How to coach midfield pasing drills- part 1

Midfield maestro

in Midfield, Practice plans

Arsenal and Barcelona are excellent examples of teams that play composed football through their Midfield Maestros (Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets). This session will help your team launch attacks through the middle of the pitch. MORE

6v6 transition

in Midfield, Passing

This session is all about possession play in a tight midfield area. Players must use quick decision-making coupled with crisp, clean passing to move the ball between target players. MORE

How to coach controlling play drills- part 1

The Conductor

in Midfield, Practice plans

The conductor may be the person who controls a group of musicians but on your team, he pulls the strings when it comes to attacks. Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona is one famous player who thrives in this crucial role. MORE

How to coach dynamic midfielder drills- part 1

The dynamic midfielder

in Midfield, Practice plans

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. MORE

Get it wide

in Attacking, Midfield

Use this session to encourage your players to get the ball wide in order to open up the pitch for an attacking move and to create more scoring opportunities MORE

The fourth dimension

in Attacking, Midfield

If you want to score more goals, use this activity to teach your players to develop solid midfield passing and to attack with the help of wide midfielders MORE

How to coach key midfielder drills- part 1

The middle men

in Midfield, Practice plans

Central midfielders are key to the development of all matches. Help your “middle men” influence the game by improving their movement and their ability to gain possession of the ball. MORE

How to coach switching the play in midfield - part 1

Switching play in midfield

in Midfield, Practice plans

Space can be exposed by switching the play. This means moving the ball quickly from one side of the pitch to the other to change the point of attack. And open space can lead to more chances of scoring goals. MORE

Midfield attack

Midfield brains

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

This game develops quick thinking midfielders like Denmark and Spurs star Christian Eriksen. Players like this can set up attacks by reacting quickly to moments of transition in a game, principally moving from defence to attack. MORE

Midfield score

in Midfield, Shooting

To make your attacking midfielders as effective as England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling you need to get them to shoot at every opportunity. This session is about scoring and reacting, beating a keeper or getting past a defender. MORE

Midfield attack

Midfield surge

in Attacking, Midfield

This session gives the attacking team a deadline to win the ball and score goals. It also puts the pressure on the defenders to keep hold of the ball and encourages midfield/attackers to win it and score MORE

How to coach xavi and iniesta style football drills- part 1

Xavi and Iniesta

in Midfield, Practice plans

The Barcelona midfield pairing of Xavi and Iniesta have taken football to a new high in terms of passing, creation and domination of the ball. This session will elevate the skills of your players so they can pass and move like these Spanish masters. MORE


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