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How to Use Your Defensive Midfielder When Attacking

By Philip Connolly Objective: The objective of the following training session is to work on aspects of the relationship between Defensive and Midfield Units with focus on building up play from Defence to Attack. Practice 1: Practice 1 working on the structure of 1-3-5-2 Defensive and Midfield units in a possession based attacking shape. 1 Black

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Central Midfielders’ Runs Behind the Back Line

By Alex Trukan Typical penetration in behind the opposition’s back line involves a striker or a winger running off defenders’ shoulder to a well-timed pass. This approach, however is relatively easy to defend against as striker remains within defender’s vision and his starting position is predictable. Much more complex to defend against are forward runs

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Midfielders and Forwards Attacking Combinations

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards combining to get to goal.

Start with a midfielder in possession of the ball around midfield.  Two other central midfielders out a bit wider and 10 yards in front and a forward just outside the top of the D.  A keeper is in the goal they are attacking.

Player 1 finds the forward with a pass.  He then starts

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How To Find "The Hole" to Pass In To

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders finding holes to pass into.

This activity uses half a field and has a full sized goal with a keeper in it.  There are 3 midfielders on attack and 3 midfielders defending.  They are restricted to an area from the midfield line to another line 25 yards closer to goal.  There is one attacking forward between the top of the 18 and the midfielders restricting line

The attacking midfielders pass the ball between them while looking

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Functional Training for Strikers and Attacking Midfielders: Short Sprints, Quick Turns and Finishing on Goal

By Justin Cresser

As mentioned several weeks back in our article entitled ‘Functional Training of The Centre Midfielder’, every so often we will present position-specific conditioning exercises. Today’s article focuses on strikers and attacking midfielders.

One of the most difficult tasks for any team is breaking down defenses in the attacking third of the field. In this area, defenses tend to be very compact and defending players more often than not will outnumber their attacking opponents. Strikers are marked very closely, and are immediately closed down as soon as they receive balls. As such, players in this position have to be very

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Midfielders and Forwards Combination Play

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on midfielders and forwards working together in combination play.

We want our players to get accustomed to looking for combination opportunities so in these activities we recreate various ones.

Starting with 4 attacking players and a keeper.  One player is a forward, one is an outside midfielder and 2 are central midfielders.

The first combination simply is a pass into the target player who then

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