Week of April 27
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Why play through Midfield
• Shorter passes ensure retention of possession
• Preferred playing style
• Technically capable personnel to play in and through midfield
• Type of players available/ recruited
• More time to “set” team shape & accompanying movement patterns
• Tactical – e.g attract opponents and eliminate them or switch play
• Technically capable of taking most direct route
• Ensure major “creators” receive & feed significant areas with the ball
• More variety and quality / measured service to front players
• Poor delivery from deep positions / back players with long passes
• Forward players – insufficient numbers and physical limitations to contest and chase long passes
• Ineffective on regains from long deliveries from back
Responsibilities of the midfield players:
• Available for GK and back players if they wish to play into midfield.
• To “show” as a pass receiver from any player whatever the difficulties.
• Understand when to initiate or participate in “movement” sequences.
• To retain possession even when under “severe” individual pressure.
• Distribute the ball accurately and sensitively.
• Draw opponents away from areas through which others may wish to pass , run with the ball or move into to receive the ball eg CB’s.
• To move close to or beyond forward players receiving or in possession of the ball and to move into goal-scoring & creating positions.
• In the final phase of the game to move into or near to positions from which effective passes or shots can be taken.
• On losing possession-
- support the defensive tactics of forward players as appropriate.
- prevent opponents playing into and through MF areas by marking,pressing, screening and intercepting passes.
- on the ball being played behind MF, recover to ensure that they are “goalside” of immediate opponents.
- if beaten in 1 v 1 situations to recover to the ball or spaces around players who have been attracted to the ball.
• Reads the game with intelligence.
• Constantly seeking to be intelligently involved in all phases
• Recognizes where, when and how to involve himself in the game.
• Exceptional “perception” and decision – making facility.
• Constantly seeking to influence events around him (verbally / tactically / technically.)
• An enhanced range of passing skill.
• An assured and varied first touch.
• Ability to play with minimum touches.
• Understands and initiates or responds to “movement” in MF and attacking areas.
• Can operate under sustained pressure circumstances.
• Can operate in and out of midfield.
• The determination,will and capacity to dominate opponents and the game over 90 minutes
• Can vary the speed at which he and we play.
• High endurance, acceleration / deceleration and agility levels.