Explosive in Midfield

Yaya Toure can drive defenders backwards, find space and exploit it. Use this fast session to teach your midfielders how to drive play in different ways, just like the Ivory Coast star.

Why use it

Attacking play from midfield can fire a team forward and create the kind of chances in the final third that will give your players the edge.

Set up

Set up a 40×30-yard area built around your centre circle, with a goal at each end. Mark out two end zones and, if you can’t use your centre circle, mark out a third circular zone in the middle. We have used 13 players. You need bibs, balls, cones and goals.

Explosive in Midfield

How to play

Split players into a 6v5 plus two neutral goalkeepers. Players are locked into their zones, with the midfielders playing in the centre circle. The team of six plays 2-2-2 with two players in each zone and they attack from one end to the other. The team of five plays 1-3-1 with three players in the centre circle and this team can score in either goal. In each attack the ball must go through the centre circle. The team of six starts with a pass from the goalkeeper and all restarts follow this rule.


This has plenty of action for the strikers in 2v1 situations and the midfielders must play good passes to feet and set up chances to score.

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