Compact Midfield

Compact your team in midfield

in Midfield, Tactics

This session places an emphasis on midfield units staying compact and being hard to penetrate when out of possession. It identifies specific defensive roles for midfield players making them more compact and difficult to penentrate MORE

Control Midfield

Control the game in midfield

in Midfield, Tactics

One thing that will help you control the pace of games and give you a winning edge is to have an effective midfield. This useful session will help your players learn how to pass the ball through midfield on the move MORE

3 zone playmaker game - part 1

3 Zone Playmaker Game

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 40 x 30 yards, divided into three narrow strips Each zone has a target goal at each end Two teams of four players Rules Three players on each team go into their own 1v1 zone. One player from each team is the “playmaker” (P in the diagrams). Possession starts with the... MORE

Middle or wide advantage - part 1

Middle or Wide Advantage

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two keepers Two teams of four players One team play with all four players on the pitch The other team play with two players on the pitch and two wide players off the pitch This set up gives the... MORE

How to coach passing through the midfield - part 1

Passing through midfield

in Midfield, Practice plans

Matches are often won or lost in the centre of midfield, so the better your team is able to maintain possession of the ball here, the better placed it will be able to attack the opposition and create chances. MORE

How to coach picture perfect mindsights- part 1

Picture perfect

in Midfield, Practice plans

Players such as Xavi or Frank Lampard seem to have more time and space than their opponents because of their awareness of what’s happening around them. This session improves your players’ midfield ability by creating a “picture” in their minds before receiving the ball. MORE

How to coach Gerrard v Lampard style session- part 1

Gerrard v Lampard

in Midfield, Practice plans

This is a session your players will love as it encourages them to develop the skills used by two of England’s best midfielders, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. MORE

How to coach drills to stop foward passes - part 1

Stop a forward pass

in Midfield, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve your midfielders’ defensive responsibilities by stopping forward passes and reacting to make recovery runs or track opponent’s forward runs. MORE

How to coach slick midfield drills- part 1

The slick midfield trio

in Midfield, Practice plans

Developing your team’s ability to use three players in midfield will reap great benefits. The games in this session develop attacking combination play, defensive teamwork and the positioning of your midfielders. MORE

How to coach midfield domination - part 1

Dominate the middle ground

in Midfield, Practice plans

Many professional coaches believe matches are won and lost in midfield. If your team can dominate possession in the middle of the park, it is much more likely to create lots of goalscoring opportunities. MORE

How to coach midfield rotation drills- part 1

Midfield rotation

in Midfield, Practice plans

Finding time and space in a crowded midfield will help your team retain possession and create chances. Rotating positions is a great way to do this and, with this session, you can teach your players how. MORE

How to coach playmaking drills - part 1

The playmaker

in Midfield, Practice plans

Improve the use and effectiveness of your team’s playmaker – the one who orchestrates the attack. Pirlo, Xavi and Wilshere are great examples of players used in this role in the Champions League. MORE

How to coach busquets style of play- part 1

The “Busquets” position

in Midfield, Practice plans

This session is designed to improve your team’s use of a defensive midfielder. Sergio Busquets plays in this role for Barcelona and Spain. In this position, he is able to provide defensive cover and can also begin attacks by passing forward. MORE

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Control the game like a World Cup Winner

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

Lewis Cook became the first man to lift a World Cup for England since Bobby Moore lifted the old Jules Rimet trophy in 1966, after leading the Under 20s to a win over Venezuela in the final. They won a frantic game thanks to a first-half strike from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and aided by a second-half... MORE

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Control the game

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

This possession-based session gives players a good idea of looking and moving to the pass and awards points if the players succeed in moving the ball through the thirds. Why use it This is a session based on passing and moving between the thirds. It is quite a technical game but an excellent session in... MORE

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Keep Ball

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

A key to a passing team is retaining possession in midfield. Use this session to show your players how to keep hold of the ball in the middle of the pitch. Why use it Holding onto the ball is the best way to ensure opponents don’t score. Passing and moving using good control is the... MORE

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Create Title Winning Players Like N’Golo Kante

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

What an amazing achievement for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win back-to-back titles at different clubs. He’s been the model of consistency with the way he breaks play up and £32 million looks a bargain for such a match winner. The weekend saw Kante win his second consecutive Premier League title when Chelsea saw off West... MORE

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Playing well in training but not in matches?

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

This session is all about cover and support play. Every player has to attack and defend which helps you to develop match play in training. Why use it Big overload for team with no goalkeeper coaches players in the need to shoot early when outnumbered and for the overload team to cover at the back.... MORE

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4 v 4 continuous small-sided game

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

Give your players plenty of decision making opportunities in this fun transition game, which also exposes players to lots of overload situations. Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) / up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players Two goals Two keepers Rules Each team defends one goal. One... MORE

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8 v 5 creativity soccer game

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

Encourage your players to be as creative as Juan Mata around the penalty area and teach them the importance of a well-weighted pass and a well-timed run. Why use it Creativity around the box is vital to ensuring the creation of scoring chances. The type and accuracy of pass are key, as is a good... MORE

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