Interactive Training Session and Plan: Building Through The Midfield

  • Soccer Specific Training
  • Sept. 20, 2017

This session is for a 11v11 team and the central theme is building through the midfield. The reason why we build through the midfield is to gain controlled possession into the attacking third of the field, with good numbers, in order to create more chances. This session focuses on the shape and mobility of the midfield triangle: the 6, 8 and 10. When the midfield is passing and moving together, the other players on the field, such as the wingers and outside defenders, have much more time and space to work with.


Building Through The Midfield Program 1

Topic: Building Through The Midfield

Activity: Ball-based Warm Up

Duration: 30-45 second rotations; 5-10 rounds (15-20 minutes total)

Description: In groups of 3, players will break down into stations. One player will be working, one player will be serving and one player will be dribbling. After 30-45 seconds, players will rotate. Each player will do a rotation at each spot before the next round begins.

Footskills: Boxes, toe touches (forward and backwards), inside and outside R and/or L, box-box roll ,push/pull, etc.

Techniques: 1 and 2 touch, 1 and 2 touch volleys, thigh volley, chest volley, headers, etc.

 

Building Through The Midfield Program 2

Topic: Building Through The Midfield

Activity: Small-Sided Activity 1

Line of Focus: Midfield

Duration: 5x3 min - 45 second rest

Description: Both teams will be playing in a front 6 with a 3-3 formation. There are multiple ways to score: 6 consecutive passes and/or getting the ball to the endline via dribble or pass.

Coaching Points: Shape and mobility of the 6, 8 and 10. Depth of the 9. Width of the 7 and 11 in possession.

 

Building Through The Midfield Program 3

Topic: Building Through The Midfield

Activity: Small-Sided Activity 2

Line of Focus: Midfield

Duration: 3x5 min - 1 min rest

Description: The coaching team will be playing in a 4-3-1 attacking 3 counter goals. The opponent will be playing in a 1-3-3 formation attacking the large goal.

Coaching Points: Shape and mobility of 6, 8 and 10. Depth of the 4, 5 and 9. Width of 2 and 3. Playing penetrating passes to 9 (and the counter goals) when possible.

 

Building Through The Midfield Program 4

Topic: Building Through The Midfield

Activity: Play (as close to 11v11 as possible)

Line of Focus: Midfield

Duration: 2x12 min

Description: Teams will play. All FIFA rules apply. The coaching team will play in a 3-3-2 and the opposition team will play in a 3-2-3.

Coaching Points: Shape and mobility of 6, 8 and 10. Depth of the 4, 5 and 9. Width of 2 and 3. Playing penetrating passes to 9 (and the counter goals) when possible. Making sure the 6, 8 and 10 exploit the numerical advantage in the midfield.