Teams play better when a strong midfielder is winning the ball off the attackers and creating opportunities for a counter attack. Try these soccer coaching tips and drills to see just how effective this can be. I did a terrible thing this season. I dismantled my all-conquering under-11s team and scattered them to the […]
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.
Help your players to hone their creativity with this game of possession versus attack. Players must keep the ball or take quick advantage of gaining possession with clever attacks Why use it This drill is aimed at getting midfielders to use creativity in the final third of the pitch in order to create or […]
With Wigan as FA Cup final underdogs, their best chance of success is to catch City by surprise with some unexpected midfield creativity. Get your team to try it too Why use it Creative midfield play can give players a split second to get a shot away or set up a supporting midfielder. They […]
This session will help teach your players to play like Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Jack Wilshere. What to look for The player should always be looking to score a goal. When receiving the ball, the first thought should be, can I beat the defender with a skill? Secondly, if I cannot beat the defender with a […]
Help your midfielders become tough-tackling ball winners with a session that teaches them the skills they need to protect the back four Why use it This session replicates situations where midfielders can find themselves outnumbered and a timely tackle is needed to stop a move in its tracks. Terrier like action and non-stop running […]
This game involves winning the ball in midfield before releasing to a target man to finish. How to set it up Use a 30×20 yards (min) up to 40×25 yards (max) area. Create two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal line. Use two teams of four players, plus two keepers. The […]
This is a basic soccer training drill where one of the players becomes the “coach” and instructs the team in the tactics to use in a 3v3 game.
The term box-to-box midfielder is about getting from one penalty box to the other to create and score goals. This dynamic type of player is also vital to the defence – a match winner in the making. Do you have a midfielder, like Steven Gerrard, who can answer YES to these three questions? Do you […]
Although only a simple set-up, this practice is great for pressurising opponents, keeping possession and working quick transitions. It can be practised by players aged eight and up and involves the whole squad. In the example used, we’re going for a 4v4 set-up, but you can adapt that to suit your numbers. How to set […]
This game involves winning the ball in midfield before releasing to a target man to finish. How to set it up Pitch size: 30×20 yards (min) up to 40×25 yards (max). Create two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal line. Use two teams of four players, plus two keepers. The rules Each […]