4 Tactics Midfielders Can Use to Keep Up Their Intensity
Midfielders often are the most energetic players on the field.
During games they always seem to be in two places at once and some wonder how they are able to keep up their energy throughout the game.
Here are four tactics midfielders use to keep up their intensity:
1. They are smart about taking breaks
Whenever there is a stoppage of play or the ball is out of bounds and people are subbing, slow down your breathing. Be aware of where the ball is at all times and never turn your back on it in case the other team tries to start up play quickly again.
Midfielders recognize moments during a game when they can catch short breathers and they take advantage in order to retain energy for the duration of the game.
2. They do the pre-work
Doing the work of getting to your position ahead of time will allow you to catch your breath before the ball gets to you.
For example, for goal kicks midfielders should get into position as quickly as possible so when they get there they can rest for a few moments.
If you are also at your position early, you will be able to adjust to what the other team is doing faster as well. Such as if they want to try to catch people off guard by switching sides before they take the goal kick.
3. They understand when to pass instead of dribble
When your team looks to be lacking energy, passing the ball around is a smart alternative to dribbling. Don’t try to do everything yourself, but use your teammates and work together. Passing the ball around will also tire the other team out while saving your team’s energy.
Saving energy is vital because at some point you will likely have to go 1v1 on the dribble and you want to be able to have quick little bursts of speed to beat your defender.
4. They know when to reset the ball
Resetting the ball will help you to control the pace the game. Sometimes in order to allow everyone to catch their breath, midfielders will play the ball back to their defensive line.
That way, having the defense pass the ball around in the back allows the team to get a quick rest and move into new spaces.