This session will help teach your players to play like Arsenal’s 22-year-old attacking midfielder Jack Wilshere.
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.
Teams play better when a strong midfielder is winning the ball off the attackers and creating opportunities for a counter attack. It’s a great way to turn the tables on opponents.
The “backbone” is the spine of the team. If you can play matches with a strong backbone, you can fit other players into the formation that have a role with more freedom. They can roam all over the pitch.
If you want your players to understand the role of the midfield enforcer, try this challenging game to teach them how to win back possession.
A coach this week asked me how he could get his team to link better from defence through to attack. We associate this sort of fluid movement with teams like Barcelona, but the skills the Catalans use can be easily learned and replicated through this session.
It’s understandable for some players to want to bypass the crowded, pressurised environment that is the centre of the pitch.
Develop the ability of your players to pick out team-mates and create space for them with quick but effective passes, just as Tom Cleverley has done for Manchester United this season
A strong player who wins the ball and passes it to the feet of the attackers… I’m sure everybody wants one in their team but don’t worry, you can create your own.
If you want flying wingers you have to be prepared to take risks.
The best teams switch the ball continuously, looking for space and probing the opposition’s defence for an error.