5 Ways to Take Charge of the Midfield
The midfield tends to be the biggest battlefield during a soccer game.
It gets over crowded with people and they are all fighting to win the ball and move it up to their forwards. They all want to create something special and battle each other hard in order to be able to do it. If you want to be the best midfielder, you’ll have to take charge of the midfield.
Here are five ways to do it:
1. Win all balls out of the air
A lot of games feel like they’re won or lost in the air.
If your midfield wins the majority of the balls out of the air, you tend to have a better chance of winning the game. This is because the team who wins the battles in the air tends to want to win more.
2. Win all 50/50 balls
Along with winning balls out of the air, you have to win all the 50/50 balls. This means that when the ball is bouncing around and not in anyone’s possession, you step up and win it for your team.
You go in for the hard tackle and make the difficult plays to win the ball. You anticipate well, get there first, and gain possession for your team.
3. Win all second battles
While winning the first header or tackle is extremely important, winning the “second ball” is even more vital. If your teammate jumps and wins a header but it doesn’t get to where your team needs it to be and it’s looking like it will be another ball that is up for grabs, it’s your job to go win it.
Not only does it gain possession for your team yet again, it is a huge morale boost and shows how much you are willing to do for your teammates.
4. Be vocal
Being vocal is important in that it helps everyone stay organized. It demonstrates you aren’t afraid to be the leader of the pack. You know the game plan and are giving your teammates helpful information every step of the way.
You can help them with who they should be marking, where you want them to make runs, and overall give them more confidence that they have you backing them up.
5. Never back down
Don’t take “no” for an answer. Be assertive and get involved in as many plays as you can. Make the other team concern themselves with you. Be a handful. Be difficult to mark, make smart runs, and beat the other team mentally.
If you set the tone early on in the game that you’re tough and you tackle hard, they will hesitate getting into tackles with you for the remainder of the game.