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.

Small sided soccer game to boost midfield passing skills

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

This soccer coaching session focuses on using one-two skills with players running in from midfield. These passes can put midfielders into goal-scoring positions by using an attacker to pass past the defenders. In this soccer coaching session, the attacker receives the ball with their back to goal, flanked by two defenders. The midfielders run wide... MORE

Creative Midfield

in Midfield, Soccer drills and 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... MORE

Create The Unexpected

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

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... MORE

The next Jack Wilshere

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

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... MORE

Stand And Deliver

in Midfield, Soccer drills and skills

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... MORE

Hit the target man

in Midfield, Small Sided Games

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... MORE

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