The role of a defensive midfielder
Area: 40 x 70 playing area with two teams. Play 6 v 6. 3 v 3 in each attacking zone. The holding midfield player is in a 10 x 40 central zone. The group of 3 v 3 stay in their own half.
Holding midfielders role:
1. (as shown) The defenders attempt to get the ball to the attackers.
2. The defending team and the holding midfield play try to stop this.
3. If the holding midfielder blocks the pass, they start the attacking transition. The attacking team can use the holding midfield player to keep possession.
4. If the ball is switched to the opposite playing zone then the holding midfielder helps the attacking team in possession and attempts to stop the defenders from getting the ball to their attackers.
Holding midfielders positioning and communication
To get the whole team to understand the importance of the defensive midfielder.
To create problems that will occur in a soccer game and allow the players to figure it out.
The use of the defensive midfielder from the attacking team. Keep the ball.
The defenders must look at the positioning of the three attackers on their team, so when they win the ball, transition will be quick.
You could add two defensive midfield players.
Possible Performance Problems:
The defending three will not look forward to seeing where their teammates are. Players will just ball-watch.
Players will not use the defensive midfielder and be patient with the attack.
If the GK has the ball, lack of movement will make it hard to play out from the back.
Be ready to focus - Make decisions
Keep scanning the area and visualize playing in a game and anticipate
Accept mistakes - Find solutions
Coach your teammates
Applaud good play
Be ready to pass or receive the ball
Be willing to move laterally
Make the block
Angles of support - Triangulate
1-2 touch mentality
Scan the field