Man in the middle

  • Organisation

    3 v 1 in a sqaure space. Advanced level is two combined squares with one player between the squares that plays in both the squares. (Pic 2)

  • Process

    The attacking players try to keep possesion of the ball. The defending players tries to steal the ball. If he succeeds he switches place with the player who lost the ball.

  • Tip

    Never pause the game if possible, the player who has lost the ball can take it back immediately.

  • Field size

    5 x 5 meters.

Technique:

Dribbling, Passing, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


Tactics:

Defensive/Offensive play [One On One, Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Quick transitioning (defense to offense), One on one, Pushing]


Condition:

Speed of movement off the ball


Co-Ordination:

Quick decisioning, Coordination & Speed Training, Quick understanding of danger


Training Set:

End, Progression, Main point/Emphasis


Examples:

Training examples


Age:

Any

U6 - U13 [Under 10, Under 11]


Duration:

20 min


Number of Players:

6 - 9 players, > 10 players


Form of Training:

Group training, Team training, Individual training


Skill Level:

Advanced, Any

Author: Robert Johansson


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