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 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

Fit and focused feature

Fit and Focused

in Midfield

Use this fast-paced training game to get two centre midfielders and a defensive midfielder moving quickly into positions to support each other, just like they would in a match. Why use it This is a refresher for players to get into supporting positions when they are near the player with the ball. Set up Use... MORE

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