EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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 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

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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

“Double Dare” Pressing Session

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

Use this session to teach players the value of hard working midfielders. They can disrupt even the best passing teams by working in pairs to block any moves through midfield. Why use it Working in pairs in midfield or attack is an ideal way to disrupt passing teams by positioning and support play. Anticipation is... 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

Crack the combination code

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

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. MORE


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