Two keys are key to success on the field. I’ve learned this from years of coaching young soccer players. First, the team’s possession. Second, the field position. The most important aspect of a team I’ve found to be related to these two factors is the strength of my team in the middle of park. I’ve coached teams with strong defenders but weak midfielders. They are often overwhelmed by the opposition, no matter how strong their defenders. I’ve also coached strong attackers but a weak midfield, and they failed to score many goals due to the fact that the strikers often see very little of it. SPBO
Your results will be affected by the formation you choose. My two favorite team formations in youth soccer were 4-2-2 and 3-4-3. Both of these formations require four players to be in the middle. My 4-4-2 formation requires my left and right flankers to be mobile, so they can overlap with the strikers. This is a strategy that I find most effective when the two central players are fit and quick. The other central player I play as a holding position for should be creative and be able to create opportunities.
In a 3-4-3, I prefer the wider midfielders to be creative to allow for more chances for the three strikers. They don’t have to be as mobile than in a 4-4-2. I prefer to have one creative midfielder and one who is strong defensively. This will provide balance in your midfield, allow you to create chances for your strikers and reduce pressure on your defenders.
What skills are required for your midfielders? This topic is worthy of an entire article. The midfielders are responsible for a variety of roles. The midfielders should be mobile. They can cover more ground than other players and are more involved in play. They must be fit and fast. They should be able to quickly control the ball with their first touch. A player in a creative role must have excellent vision and the ability to execute both short and long passes. Defensive players should be able to handle pressure well, and can tackle effectively.
There are many drills that you can use to improve the skills of your midfielders. Mobility drills, passing drills and first touch drills are the drills I focus on most. All mobility drills can be performed using a soccer ball. My training sessions have been designed to maximize the ball touch for each player. All parts of the body should be involved in first touch drills. All of these drills must be focused on quickly bringing the ball under control. You can combine passing drills with first touch drills. Players should be able to pass both long and short passes in order to become proficient at both. Players should learn when to pass the ball to their feet and when it should go in front of them by practicing passing drills.
There are several important things to consider when building your midfield. First, you need to decide on the strategy and formation that you will use. The next step is to assess the abilities and fit of each player in the midfield. You can either use a different formation or find new players to train your players in the areas that they need to improve their performance. Your team’s possession and field position will depend on how you organize and train your midfield.