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Updated: Jan 28

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To get midfielders thinking about: the midfield shape as a whole; the best positions they should get into personally; and their body shape when receiving the ball.

โœ… SET UP:

10 Players (You can use 12 players with 2 players sitting out and rotating through every 2 minutes. Or putting extra players around the sides)

25x25 yard square


3 players from each team are inside the square starting in a triangle shape.

The point of the triangle will depend on the style of play (and players) that you prefer. Attacking shape: Have 2 players up front and 1 below.

Defensive shape: Have 2 players below and 1 player up front.

(Note: Itโ€™s good to practise with both formations so then during a game you can go attacking or defensive depending on the score or stage of the game).

The other 2 players from each team are at either ends of the square.

Play starts from an outside player and from there it is a simple possession game, trying to work the ball to their teammate at the other end.

If a team can pass back and forth to their outside players 6 times the opposition do a punishment when the play stops.

Play for 3 minutes and change the outside players.


The team in possession should be constantly talking to make sure they are organised and keeping their triangle shape.

When a team loses possession they must instantly try and win back possession. This teaches them good habits so that in a game it will become second nature.

Defensively, the team trying to win possession must work together to press. The nearest player should press the ball carrier and their teammates should push up and mark players tightly or block any passing lanes so there are no easy passes for the player in possession.

โ˜‘๏ธ CHANGE IT:

When a player passes to a teammate outside the square they swap places.

Use 12 players and play with a midfield 4 in a diamond shape.

Happy Coaching!

Chris King Soccer Coach

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