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.


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


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


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Always work at game speed

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

  • Visualize shielding the ball


  • 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.