Technical - Playing through the midfield

Exercise description:

Area: 30x30 with three poles/cones placed in the center like a midfield three (6, 8 & 10) Players start alternately at the starting point. A player is positioned on each pole.

1. Play starts with a player passing to the furthest player (would be #6), who then one touches it to the next player (#8).

2. '#8' would then pass it to the wide player who then plays a give and go with '#10'.  

3. The rotation would be, 10 moves wide, 8 moves to 10. The exercise now starts from the other end.

Variation:

The starting player passes to the closest player, who passes back. The starter then passes to the next midfielder who plays the ball 'round the corner' to #10 who sets the ball for the midfielder who passes it wide. Then a give and go is played with #10.

Coaching points: Body shape. 1 touch mentality. Quality of pass. Understand where to place the pass. Accuracy, weight, and timing of the pass.

Intended outcome:

  • Instill confidence when moving the ball quickly through the midfield.

  • Improve passing and communication.

  • This exercise will help the players understand what can be achieved with quick ball movement

  • To get the player's minds ready for the next exercise as the intensity increases

Variations:

Figure out some more combinations

Technical / Tactical:

  • Angles of support - Triangulate

  • Scan the playing area, not just your playing area.

  • 1 touch mentality

  • Anticipate - See the future

  • Communication

  • Quality and accuracy of the passing

Social:

  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!

Physical:

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space after the give and go

  • Visualize shielding the ball

Psychological:

  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the instructions of the exercise. 

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Visualize playing in a game

Possible Performance Problems:

Unrealistic movement and passing. Players will not visualize themselves in a game. For the variation part, the pass into the play who plays the ball 'round the corner' must be played as if there is a defender behind them.