5 Great Warmup Drills for Midfielders
A proper warmup is crucial to being successful on the field. You want to work on techniques before you put them to the test against competition.
Here are 5 great warmup drills for midfielders:
1. Quick feet drills
These drills, such as going through ladders, are good for every player to work on increasing their quickness and foot speed.
Midfielders are playing a 360-degree game. They have to be able to step in any direction and running through quick feet drills will help get them warmed up to do so. There are many different variations you can do just to warm up your legs and practice quick, choppy steps.
2. Heading & settling the ball out of the air
In the midfield, a lot of the game will be played in the air. Have a partner either toss or kick a ball in the air for you to jump and head back to your partner. Work on the timing of your jump to enable you to get the most power behind it.
It’s also important to make sure you have enough control to get it back to your partner. Have your partner alternate throwing it to your chest, thighs, and feet, to work on your touch. You want to control these so that they hit your chest, thigh, or foot and fall directly in front of you so you can play it quickly back to your partner.
3. One touch passes
Work on passing with a partner about 10 yards away. These quick one touch passes are meant to test your control. You have to be able to get the ball back to your partner with a good enough touch to enable them to pass it back with only one touch as well.
When you and your partner are comfortable, try to not look down at the ball and continue passing one touch.
Jousting is where you are passing with a partner about 5-10 yards away from you. You pass it very sharply on the ground right at them and they have to control it with a good touch and then play it back to you sharply.
This helps you warm up with harder passes and work on your first touch. You can also have your partner pass a little to the side of you to work on your lateral movements.
5. Playing a game of possession
A big part of the midfielder’s game is about them getting their heads up and seeing the field.
Playing a small game of possession such as 5v5 in a small space, will help them warm up their minds and speed up their pace when it comes to game or practice time.
It also helps them work on their communication and defensive skills.