Important to win 1v1s

Win the 1v1s in midfield

in Defending, Midfield

Pits the wits of defenders and attackers against each other in 1v1s within the main game. Plus use sweepers to give midfielders a ‘get out’ clause when their way ahead is blocked MORE

Play through midfield

Play through midfield

in Midfield, Shooting

When teams are playing through the middle of the pitch they should always look to move the ball through the midfield either down the middle or using wide players to advance into the final third. Why use it This forces play through them midfield and shows players how playing this way they keep possession and... MORE

Attack from midfield

Attack From Deep

in Attacking, Midfield

Combination play between the midfield and a team’s forward line is a vital link in the move to score a goal. If the link breaks down no goals will be scored MORE

Harry Winks

How to create the perfect midfielder

in Blog, Midfield

21-year-old academy graduate Harry Winks has been central to Spurs' excellent start to the season, pulling the strings from midfield against Real Madrid in the Champions League – so how do you play like him? MORE

Running onto a forward pass

Running onto a pass

in Midfield, Passing

If you want to put your strikers through on goal with a killer pass from midfield, try running this session and see your match day passing improve MORE

Closing down

Closing Down Opponents

in Defending, Midfield, Tactics

Central defenders and supporting players have a vital role in stopping the opposition’s build up play. Players will work on the defending angle of approach to try and force the attacker away MORE

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

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