5 Things Every Midfielder Should Be Communicating on the Field
Communication is key to being a successful team. That's especially true in the midfield, where players need to be vocal in order to help put other teammates in the best possible position.
These are just a few of the things midfielders should be communicating to one another throughout a game.
1. 50-50 balls
It’s important to call fifty-fifty balls. If there is a ball in the air that you are going to jump for, you don’t want to crash into 3 teammates on the way.
Ideally, you only want it to be you and the player you’re playing against. Let your teammates know that you’re going up for it.
2. Defending the midfield line
When an opposing player is beginning to dribble towards your midfield line, someone has to say “I Go!” or “I Step!” so that two people don’t end up trying to defend one and leaving gaps.
There will be situations where you can double-team, but there should be one player initially defending in a 1v1 situation and then if another midfielder is able to double, they can.
When there are two center mids, it’s important that one is always the balance, meaning they are staying home in the center of the field. That way, if the opposition steals it, they won’t have a free pass through the center.
If you are one of the center mids and you decide that you are going to make a run in the box to try to get on the end of a cross, let your other center midfielder know to “stay home” or “balance!”
4. What's next?
Any time you play a ball, you should be giving information to the player you gave the ball to. Do they have time to turn? Do they have someone on their back and they need to play you back right away? Tell them!
It’s always important and helpful to let your teammates know if they have time, or if they have a man-on. Yes, they should be aware and looking around and be able to see for themselves but to have a teammate confirm it, is very helpful.
5. Communication and movement
Since midfielders are the playmakers, they should almost constantly be moving and asking for the ball.
Any forward or defender should be able to find a midfielder to play out to at any time. You have to let them know you’re there and you’re open.
You need to make yourself available to help your forwards or defenders when they are in tough situations. It’s not good enough to just make yourself available, you need to shout and demand to the get the ball at that point.
As playmakers, midfielders should constantly be talking to each other and the rest of their teammates. The more information you can provide your teammate with, the better off you will be.