Playing Out of the Midfield

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on developing play out of the midfield.

Start using half a field with a line 35 yards out. There is a keeper in goal, two attacking players and two defending players in the final quarter and four attacking players and three defending players in the area near midfield.


The attacking team starts with the ball in midfield and need to make three successful passes within the midfield area.


Once they have made their three successful passes they try to find one of the attacking players with a penetrating pass.


Once the ball is in the attacking zone, one of the attacking midfielders can join in.



At this point it’s 3 v 2 in the attacking zone and the attacking team tries to get to goal.


If the defending team wins the ball they try to keep possession in the zone nearest the midfield.

Once the players get accustomed to this, make it so that two attacking midfielders and one defending midfielder can join in once there is a penetrating pass.

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Finally, once everyone has had a turn in different roles, remove the limitation so once the penetrating pass is made, the play is live and any (or all) players can join in.

This is a great way to work on building the attack from the midfield.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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