I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but your midfield really is the engine of your team. Your midfielders need the energy and vision to create and drive attacks and the determination and awareness to provide defensive cover. And it’s up to you to equip your players with the skills and technique necessary to... MORE
Around the House
Position a neutral midfield player in the central ‘no go’ zone who must stay in this zone.
The neutral midfielder can play one twos with any player in possession.
The ball must not cross the box to another player. Position neutrals on the outside line of field as shown.
Award a point every time player gets around the house (the ‘no go’ zone) in possession and a further point if a goal scored. Play to ten points and then switch teams.
Encourages wide play and use of wide areas.
Getting ball wide early, passing, running with the ball, dribbling, and use of midfield pivot player to create opportunities.
Area: 60×40 yards pitch with 10×20 yards box (‘no go’ zone) placed in the centre
Players: 10 plus 4 neutral players
Equipment: Two goals, cones, balls
What To Call Out
Early passes to feet, good combination play.
● Allow one player from the team in defence to enter the ‘no go’ zone and press the midfielder if they are close enough to affect play.
● Allow neutral midfielder more touches and the ability to switch play to another attacker.
Make the central box smaller and have 1v1 in the box.