The center midfielder’s acts as the ball distributor, passing the ball to the wingers and forwards. A good center midefielder controls possession and thus controls the game.
The center-midfielder must by technically talented, but doesn’t necessarily need to be as fit as the other positions.
Here are the aspects of a center midfielder:
Aspects of a Center Midfielder
The center midfielder must make short passes on the ground, long ball over the heads of the forwards, and balls sent to the corner flag for wingers to run onto.
Passing ability is very important. Without it, it’s very hard to be effective as a center midfielder.
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Center midfielders play in the most crowded area so it’s important to shield the ball.
Good center midfielders use there body to protect the ball, then find a pass.
Center midfielders sometimes have the ability to shoot, particularly from outside the box.
Great center midfielders can finish from a medium and long distance.
The center of the pitch is a crowded, even chaotic place. Let your touch get away from you, and the ball will be easily stolen.
Good center midfielders receive passes cleanly and can keep the ball close, away from defenders.
Soccer Center Midfielder Tips
Once you make a pass, make a run somewhere else. This keeps players from bunching up and will give you more access to the ball.
Always be an option
When your teammates need someone to pass to, you should be there, whether it’s a forward with his back to the goal, a winger who can’t beat his man, or a defender holding the ball.
Check to the ball, so you’re always an option.
Again, the center is crowded. To dribble and pass you need to find open space.
Find it and you will have more time before opposing players tackle you.
Use the One-Two
The one-two can be lethal in little space. Try it with a winger, another center midfielder, or a forward.
Don’t Be Afraid to Shoot
When you’re near the box, or even occasionally farther out, try a shot. It’s surprising for the keeper, and if you keep the ball on goal there is a good chance of rebounds.
Vision is how well you see potential passes. Great center midfielders have great vision.
Developing it comes from experience and soccer prowess.
To develop it: Lift up your head and quickly scan available passes. The faster you find a good pass, the better your vision.
Connect With the Other Midfielders
Pass it around with the other midfielders to keep possession and tire the opposing team. Have patience. Gaps in the defense will come and once they’re there, you can exploit them with a well-placed pass.