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The Midfield in relation to the football positions
.In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play (highlighted in blue on the diagram) is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders.^ In diagram 2 the blue #4 is in the correct position.

^ In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders.
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^ Watching players that play my position.
  • Q. & A. With U.S. and Houston Midfielder Stuart Holden - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

.Their main functions are to dispossess (tackle) the opposing team, to retain possession of the ball, and to feed it to the strikers, and perhaps, to score as well.^ Their main functions are to dispossess (tackle) the opposing team, to retain possession of the ball, and to feed it to the strikers, and perhaps, to score as well.
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^ Their main functions are to dispossess ( tackle ) the opposing team, to retain possession of the ball, and to feed it to the strikers, and perhaps, to score as well.

^ On offense: describes a team in possession of the ball.

[1] .Some midfielders play a more defensive role, while others blur the boundaries between midfielders and forwards.^ Some midfielders play a more defensive role, while others blur the boundaries between midfielders and strikers.
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^ She has played both forward and midfield, and is among the top-10 leaders in career goals scored.
  • Nyack Warriors - Women's Soccer Signs Midfielder Christina Hostetter 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.nyackcollege.edu [Source type: General]

^ Most league formations rely on two midfielders to play control the wings and connect play from the defender to the forward .
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[2] .The number of midfielders a team uses during a match may vary, depending on the team's formation and each individual player's role.^ The number of midfielders a team uses during a match may vary, depending on the team's formation and each individual player's role.
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^ Outstanding midfielders require a number of skills on top of fitness: they tackle, dribble, shoot, distribute and pass during any match.
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^ Field size: 40 yards by 30 yards Number of players: full team, with at least 12 players split into two groups .

.The group of midfielders in a team is called the midfield.^ The group of midfielders in a team is called midfield.
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^ The group of midfielders in a team is called midfield .

^ Nyassi, a 20-year-old midfielder, has twice previously been called up to Gambia’s senior national team, but has yet to make an appearance.

.More complete midfielders require a number of skills on top of fitness: they tackle, dribble, shoot and pass during any match.^ Outstanding midfielders require a number of skills on top of fitness: they tackle, dribble, shoot, distribute and pass during any match.
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^ Outstanding midfielders require a number of skills on top of fitness: they tackle , dribble , shoot, distribute and pass during any match.

^ You will get tips and advices on how to shoot, pass, dribble and much more.
  • Juventus Follow Real Madrid Midfielder Guti - Real Madrid Fan Community 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.realmadrid.dk [Source type: General]

.Most managers field at least one central midfielder with a marked task of breaking up opposition's attacks while the rest are more adept to creating goals or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence.^ Midfielders are the most versatile players on the field.

^ Most managers field at least one central midfielder with a marked task of breaking up opposition's attacks while the rest are more adept to creating goals or have equal responsibilities between attack and defense.
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^ For instance, the outside back should ask for the ball just as much as the central midfielder if he or she is open and can do something positive on the field.

.At either side of the pitch a manager can field a right or left midfielder, who are used equally for both attack and defence, or a winger, a more attacking player used primarily for attack.^ Midfielder: A player who links the defenders with the attackers and contributes to both attack and defense .
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^ Midfielders are the most versatile players on the field.

^ At either side of the pitch a manager can field a winger, a specialist side midfielder used expressedly for attack.
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Common numbers for midfielders are 6,7,and 8.
.In essence, a good midfield must possess the ability to be combative whilst also being creative.^ Being a good right midfielder?
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^ In essence, a good midfield must possess the ability to be combative whilst also being creative.
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^ Apart from their top form, midfielders need to have good technical ability.
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.A good striker without midfield support could lack attacking chances, while a defence likewise could be severely tested.^ A good striker without midfield support would lack attacking chances, while a defence likewise would be severely tested.
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^ What makes a good attacking midfielder?
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

^ The attacking midfielder is an influential position and requires the player to possess good technical abilities, an eye for a pass, shooting, running, and dribbling skills.

.Because they occupy the most influential parts of the pitch, midfielders are perhaps more likely to influence the outcome of a match than other positions,[3] especially if they have vision for a good pass or ability to score.^ They're supposed to pass the ball rather than score.
  • What does a soccer midfielder do? - Yahoo! Answers 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ When central midfielders played like that they were the most important players on the pitch.
  • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Because they occupy the most influential parts of the pitch, midfielders are perhaps more likely to influence the outcome of a match than other positions, especially if they have vision for a good pass or ability to score.
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.Midfielders typically expend the most energy during a match because of the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defence, or required to attack with the strikers.^ Midfielders typically exhaust the most energy during a match due to the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defense, or required to attack with the strikers.
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^ Midfielders typically exhaust the most energy during a match due to the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defense or required to attack with the strikers.
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^ Rooney helps out the midfield(if not defence) alot of times, but he is a striker.
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Centre midfielder

.Centre midfielders play several roles on the field of play, and are probably the most important in terms of setting up attacks.^ Set up • Two teams play 3 v.
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^ Midfielders are the most versatile players on the field.

^ Rooney will now play as an attacking midfielder?
  • Rooney will now play as an attacking midfielder? - Manchester United Community 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC community.manutd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Their position enables them to have an all-round view of the match, and as most of the action takes place in and around their area of the pitch, midfielders often exert the greatest degree of control over how a match is played.^ How can I play this position successfully?
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^ Their position enables them to have an all-round view of the match, and as most of the action takes place in and around their area of the pitch, midfielders often exert the greatest degree of control over how a match is played.

^ How do you play right midfield?
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.This section of the field is often known as a team's "engine room", because great teams rarely succeed without skillful, commanding central midfielders.^ This section of the field is often known as a team's "engine room", because great teams rarely succeeded without skilful, commanding central midfielders.

^ This section of the field is often known as a team's "engine room", because rarely have great teams succeeded without skillful, commanding center midfielders.
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^ Busquets adds security to the team because he rarely gives the ball away and is also solid in his defensive duties.

Defensive midfielder

2 holding midfielders are indicated in blue circles.
.A defensive midfielder or a holding midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the back defenders for defensive reasons, thus "holding back" the freedom of the opponents to attack.^ A new central defensive midfielder (No.
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.nscaa.com [Source type: General]

^ A defensive midfielder or a holding midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the back Defenders for defensive reasons, thus "holding back" the freedom of the opponents to attack.
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^ An attacking midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in an advance midfield position, usually behind the strikers.
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[2] .This is possibly one of the newest roles in modern football tactics.^ This is possibly one of the newest roles in modern football tactics.

^ In the latest in our series analysing football tactics, we look at where the Robsons, Keanes and Matthaus's have gone in the modern game .
  • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.It is often likened to an evolved version of the old-school sweeper.^ It is often likened to an evolved version of the old-school sweeper .

The responsibilities of defensive midfielders usually include:
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  • Screening the defence by harrying and tackling the opposition teams' attackers and defenders.
  • Covering the positions of full-backs, midfielders and even centre-backs as they advance into attack.^ Get back and defend whenever you need to and cover for the defense if they are out of position.
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    ^ They are the link between defence and attack, and must also defend when the opposition are in possession.
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    ^ For instance, the outside back should ask for the ball just as much as the central midfielder if he or she is open and can do something positive on the field.

    .This can be during open play or during set pieces such as free-kicks or corners.
  • Retaining distribution nearer the defence.^ The Royals were completely dominant in the first half, and raced into a 2-0 lead; Sigurdsson opening the scoring with a superb free kick then setting up Simon Church.
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    ^ Stoppers rarely get involved in offense, except in set pieces like corners and during initial buildup.
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    ^ Of all the ways of winning a free kick, pretending to be floored by a piece of cloth has to be the worst .
    • Video: Argentinean midfielder suffers painful collision with linesman’s flag | The Spoiler 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.thespoiler.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .As passing square across the defence can be especially risky, the presence of the defensive midfielder just in front of defenders provides a relatively safer option going forward.
  • Directing the distribution towards the flanks or further up front.
  • Directing the opposition distribution to the flanks or deeper down their end, where they are less effective.^ The forwards are the people in the front of the midfielders; the midfielders have to get the ball to the forwards.
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    ^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" (Spanish & Portuguese for "Rudder" or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").
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    ^ Most managers field at least one central midfielder with a marked task of breaking up opposition's attacks while the rest are more adept to creating goals or have equal responsibilities between attack and defense.
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    Defensive midfielders are often pulled slightly towards the flank to deal with the threat of wingers cutting infield.
.Although the duties of defensive midfielders are primarily defensive, some midfielders are deployed as deep-lying playmakers, due to their ability to dictate tempo from a deep position with their passing.^ Due to their weaknesses in their defensive aspects, some have to be supported by holding midfielders.

^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
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^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" (Spanish & Portuguese for "Rudder" or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").
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.As they are not defensive specialists, they are typically supported by a more defensive holding midfielder.^ Due to their weaknesses in their defensive aspects, some have to be supported by holding midfielders.

^ Midfielders typically exhaust the most energy during a match due to the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defense or required to attack with the strikers.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ A defensive midfielder or a holding midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the back defenders for defensive reasons, thus "holding back" the freedom of the opponents to attack.

.Defensive midfielders require excellent positional sense, work rate, tackling ability, and anticipation (of player and ball movement) to excel.^ The secondary role of a defensive midfield player is to initiate the attacking movement after he has won the ball.
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^ Players inaccurately termed defensive midfielders .
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^ "He is an experienced midfielder with good qualities on both sides of the ball who I feel he will be able to contribute immediately as we push for a playoff position."
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: News: Galaxy agree to terms with midfielder Chris Birchall 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC la.galaxy.mlsnet.com [Source type: General]

.They also need to possess excellent passing skills and close control to hold the ball in midfield under sustained pressure.^ They must be equally skilled at tackling, passing and keeping possession.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ Possession: control of the ball.

^ He learned ball control and short passes.
  • FC Dallas midfielder adjusts to faster, rougher American game | FC Dallas News | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.dallasnews.com [Source type: General]

.Most importantly, defensive midfielders require great stamina as they are the onfield players who cover the greatest distance during a professional football match.^ Playing as a defensive midfielder requires strength and good stamina.
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^ Players inaccurately termed defensive midfielders .
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^ Who was Liverpool's greatest ever Midfielder?
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.Deep-lying playmakers typically require a good first touch under opposition pressure and the ability to play long crossfield passes to attacking players further upfield.^ The videos for every player are a good touch.
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^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
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^ That's where offensive attacks begin, either with long kicks to forwards sprinting to the corners or a series of shorter passes choreographed into a pattern of deception.
  • Midfielder Osborne keys U.S. defense against Brazil - USATODAY.com 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Brazilian Portuguese as volante and in South American Spanish as volante de marca, Spanish and Portuguese for "Rudder", or someone who gives direction, and in Portugal as a trinco, meaning "lock". Most Brazilian teams deploy at least one "volante" in their team, including the Brazilian national team who have fielded defensive midfielders, such as 1994 World Cup winning team captain Dunga.^ Who is da best midfielder in da world?
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^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" (Spanish & Portuguese for "Rudder" or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").
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^ Who is the best young midfielder in the world?
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Deep-lying playmaker

.Some players prefer to set up an attack from a withdrawn position, and are often coined deep-lying playmakers, mainly because of their ability to spread play and dictate the game from a withdrawn position.^ Set up • Two teams play 4 v.
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^ Set up • Two teams play 3 v.
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^ Some players prefer to set up an attack from a withdrawn position, and are often coined deep-lying playmakers , mainly because of their ability to spread play and dictate the game from a withdrawn position.

.Despite their deep role, they are not classed as defensive midfielders as tackling and defence are not the main function of their roles — they may have to be supported by a holding midfielder.^ Due to their weaknesses in their defensive aspects, some have to be supported by holding midfielders.

^ A defensive midfielder or a holding midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in front of the back defenders for defensive reasons, thus "holding back" the freedom of the opponents to attack.

^ The final type of holding midfielder I want to look at is that blurred distinction between a defensive holding midfielder and a deep-lying playmaker.
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

.Deep-lying playmakers are typically given a moderate amount of defensive responsibilities, but are granted freedom positionally to dictate the play as it evolves as well as a license to attempt long, riskier balls to the forwards.^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
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^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team; if it is in a centralised position, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole ", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward .

^ Some players prefer to set up an attack from a withdrawn position, and are often coined deep-lying playmakers , mainly because of their ability to spread play and dictate the game from a withdrawn position.

The essential attributes of a deep-lying playmaker include:
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  • Good long passing ability, to play balls towards forwards and wingers.^ The attacking midfielder is an influential position and requires the player to possess good technical abilities, an eye for a pass, shooting, running, and dribbling skills.

    ^ Striker: a team's most powerful and best-scoring forward who plays towards the center of the field ; also, the name of the mascot for the 1994 World Cup .

    ^ Wings or wingers: the outside forwards who play to the sides of the strikers and whose primary task is to provide them with accurate crossing passes so they can shoot at the goal ; often the fastest players and best dribblers on a team.

    .Crossfield passes are typically attempted from deep when the opposing full back is drawn towards the middle and there is an open channel in the flank for the on rushing winger.
  • Stamina, to cover large distances in professional football.^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
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    ^ Midfielders typically exhaust the most energy during a match due to the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defense or required to attack with the strikers.
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    ^ Mar 2009: The Question: Jonathan Wilson asks why full-back is the most important position in football?
    • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    .In the top football leagues, a midfielder covers upwards of 10 kilometres per game.
  • Short passing ability.^ Every game from the Football League .
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    ^ The 26-year-old midfielder, who began his career at Manchester City, has scored 28 goals in 142 league games for United.
    • CNN.com - Tottenham sign up midfielder Brown - Dec. 24, 2003 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ "He can score goals as well so he probably gets half a dozen per season, but he has also got a very good ability to bring players into the game.
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    .Although many deep-lying playmakers have natural talent and creativity, they are expected to play short simple passes when deep in their half to avoid the possibility of a counter-attack.^ They can still turn on the offensive flair at will, but they have have great defense, great marking, great counter-attacking, great size, speed, and athleticism, to go along with it.
    • Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva � as bad as they say? - Ollie Irish - Premier League Tales - Soccer Blog - BigSoccer 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.bigsoccer.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
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    ^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team; if it is in a centralised position, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole ", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward .

    .They are however given some degree of freedom in playing long passes deep into opposition territory.
  • Creativity/Vision.^ That's where offensive attacks begin, either with long kicks to forwards sprinting to the corners or a series of shorter passes choreographed into a pattern of deception.
    • Midfielder Osborne keys U.S. defense against Brazil - USATODAY.com 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

    ^ "We have some very good players and I am sure some of them will go on to play in the Championship or even higher – and they want to do it with Millwall.

    ^ Given players with the physical and technical attributes of Lampard and Gerrard, he would, presumably, play both in a 4-4-2 – if, that is, they had the mental attributes he demanded.
    • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    The deep-lying playmaker needs to spot openings and opportunities to build up play.
  • A good and sure first touch to control the ball when receiving passes under sustained opposition pressure.

Attacking midfielder

Two possible positions for an attacking midfielder are indicated in the yellow oval.
.An attacking midfielder is any midfielder who is stationed in a more advanced midfield position to assist goalscoring.^ An attacking midfielder is any midfielder who is stationed in a more advanced midfield position to assist goalscoring.

^ Against Italy, he was in more of an attacking position.
  • Sports: Ghana still has its star midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.sptimes.com [Source type: News]

^ A winger is a midfielder who is stationed in a wide position near the touchlines .

[3] .The attacking midfielder is an influential position and requires the player to possess good technical abilities, an eye for a pass, shooting, running, and dribbling skills.^ The attacking midfielder is an influential position and requires the player to possess good technical abilities, an eye for a pass, shooting, running, and dribbling skills.

^ Apart from their top form, midfielders need to have good technical ability.
  • Soccer / Football Positions 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC expertfootball.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ What makes a good attacking midfielder?
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

Attacking midfielders are generally required to have:
.
  • Excellent technical ability, including close control, passing, shooting and dribbling.
  • Creativity, to anticipate passing opportunities for their fellow forwards.
  • Off-the-ball intelligence, to anticipate passes from the midfield which create opportunities to score or to pass on to a forward.
  • An understanding of the winger role.^ Have ball played to central back, who dribbles forward and creates 2 v.
    • National Soccer Coaches Association of America 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.nscaa.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The forwards are the people in the front of the midfielders; the midfielders have to get the ball to the forwards.
    • Soccer Midfielder Tips | Sportales 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC sportales.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Because they occupy what is the most influential parts of the pitch, midfielders are perhaps more likely to influence the outcome of a match than most, especially through their vision for a good pass or ability to score.
    • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

    Due to tactical changes, central attacking midfielders are sometimes played in the wing, to accommodate other strikers or forwards.
  • A secondary ability is finishing ability and composure.
.Playing in a very advanced central midfield role just behind the strikers is sometimes known as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep lying forward.^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ An attacking midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in an advance midfield position, usually behind the strikers.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team; if it is in a centralised position, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole ", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward .

.This specialist midfielder's main role is to act as the offensive pivot of the team, to create goal-scoring opportunities for his team mates, and perhaps to score himself.^ Scoring opportunity: a situation where a team stands a good chance of scoring a goal .

^ Two goals were established for the defensive team to score on at midfield.
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.nscaa.com [Source type: General]

^ This specialist midfielder's main role is to create goal-scoring opportunities for his own team via his superior vision and skill.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

He may be referred to as the playmaker.[2]
.The attacking midfielder position is also referred to in Brazilian Portuguese as meia.^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" and in South American Spanish as "volante de marca" (Spanish & Portuguese for " Rudder " or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").

^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" (Spanish & Portuguese for "Rudder" or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ The attacking midfielder is an influential position and requires the player to possess good technical abilities, an eye for a pass, shooting, running, and dribbling skills.

"Box-to-box" midfielder

.The term 'box-to-box' player is often used to refer to the most dynamic all-round/complete midfielders, who provide both defensive and attacking prowess.^ The term "box to box" player (see below) is often used to refer to more dynamic defensive midfielders.

^ Players inaccurately termed defensive midfielders .
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ Defensive midfielder 2 Central midfielders 3 "Box-to-box" midfielders 4 Attacking midfielder 5 Winger 6 See also .

[4] .The most versatile of players, they typically possess exceptional stamina and are usually skilled at tackling, passing, shooting and keeping possession.^ Strength, stamina, skill, passing and tackling ability, technique.
  • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Fire had a SOLID start (as usual) and there was no reason to think about switching things up, despite the fact they were 2 of the most talented players on the squad .
  • Fire losing midfielder to Aalborg - Soccer - Rumors - FanNation 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.fannation.com [Source type: General]

^ Instep drive: a straight shot taken with the instep of a player's foot; usually the most powerful and accurate of shots.

[3]

Winger

.A winger or wide midfielder is a midfielder located on the wing of the midfield.^ In the modern game, some wide midfielders replace the role of wingers, whose contributions include providing defensive cover for fullbacks.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ Wingers are indicated in red, whilst the 'wide men' (who play to the flanks of the centre midfielders) are indicated in blue.

^ A winger is a midfielder who is stationed in a wide position near the touchlines .

.Traditionally, wingers were purely attacking players who hugged the touch line and were not expected to track back and defend.^ Traditionally wingers were purely attacking players who hugged the touch line and were not expected to track back and defend.

^ And to top it off, he can track back and defend, too.
  • Waterford's midfielder expect to lead the way | Deseret News 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.deseretnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Traditionally wingers are not expected to track back and defend.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

This began to change in the 1960s. .In the 1966 World Cup, England manager Alf Ramsey did not select wingers from the quarter final onwards.^ In the 1966 World Cup for example, England manager Alf Ramsey led a team without natural wingers to championship.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ The talented midfielder, who was a key player for the U17 team during their World Cup qualification, did not play for the World Cup team due to unspecified reasons.
  • .:: Yanks Abroad - European Soccer, Made in America ::. 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC yanks-abroad.com [Source type: News]

^ And you can’t forget a blown opportunity to make the final U.S. World Cup roster and roam the flanks in Korea last summer.
  • w/ MNT midfielder Ben Olsen - U.S. Soccer 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.ussoccer.com [Source type: General]

.This team was known as the "Wingless Wonders" and led to the modern 4-4-2 formation.^ The team was known as the "Wingless Wonders".
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

[5][6]
.This has led to most modern wide players having a more demanding role in the sense that they are expected to provide defensive cover for their full-backs and track back to repossess the ball, as well as provide skillful crosses for centre forwards and strikers.^ This freed the full backs to get forward, as well as his central midfield partner.
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

^ Midfielders typically exhaust the most energy during a match due to the distance they cover on a pitch, as at times they can be called back into defense or required to attack with the strikers.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ Shame we either use him or Mikel in that role, really holds back what they can really do, an a 4-4-2 formation change would better suit both him an Mikel.
  • The Best Holding Midfielder In The World - Page 2 - Electronic Arts UK Community 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC forums.electronicarts.co.uk [Source type: General]

[7] Some forwards are able to operate as wingers behind a lone striker. .In a three-man midfield, specialist wingers are sometimes deployed down the flanks alongside the central midfielder or playmaker.^ One wonders if the brain trust is down there looking for another flank midfielder to replace Ben?
  • Soccer Insider - Olsen's Career in Jeopardy 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ As the base of a three-man central midfield, he sat in front of the defence purely as a defensive shield.
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

^ At either side of the pitch a manager can field a winger, a specialist side midfielder used expressedly for attack.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

.Even more demanding is the role of wing-back, where the wide player is expected to provide both defence and attack.^ Shame we either use him or Mikel in that role, really holds back what they can really do, an a 4-4-2 formation change would better suit both him an Mikel.
  • The Best Holding Midfielder In The World - Page 2 - Electronic Arts UK Community 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC forums.electronicarts.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Juan Roman Riquelme and Ronaldinho are attacking midfielders widely considered to be two of the best players in the world currently in that role.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ Tim Cahill and James McFadden can expect more prominent roles now too.
  • MOYES SEARCHING FOR MIDFIELDER |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

[8] .As the role of winger can be classed as a forward or a midfielder, so this role blurs the divide between defender and midfielder.^ The final type of holding midfielder I want to look at is that blurred distinction between a defensive holding midfielder and a deep-lying playmaker.
  • Football Manager Live Portal | Tactics | Three ways to use a holding midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.gameworldone.com [Source type: General]

^ Center midfielders (there are always one or two) are divided into attacking and defending center midfielders.
  • Soccer Midfielder Tips | Sportales 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC sportales.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Other lettermen back include forward Amber Torres and midfielder-defender Amber Rodriguez.
  • 2008 Girls Soccer Preview | team, forward, midfielder - Top Sports Story - Brownsville Herald 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.brownsvilleherald.com [Source type: News]

Wingers are indicated in red, whilst the 'wide men' (who play to the flanks of the centre midfielders) are indicated in blue.
.A winger is an attacking midfielder who is stationed in a wide position near the touchlines.^ A winger is a wide midfielder who is stationed in a wide midfield position near the touchlines.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ An attacking midfielder is a central midfielder who is stationed in an advance midfield position, usually behind the strikers.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ The defensive midfielder position is also referred to in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as "volante" (Spanish & Portuguese for "Rudder" or someone who gives direction), and in Portugal as a "trinco" (meaning "lock").
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

[7] .Wingers such as Stanley Matthews or Jimmy Johnstone used to be classified as forwards in traditional W-shaped formations, and were formally known as "Outside Right" or "Outside Left," but as tactics evolved through the last 40 years, wingers have dropped to deeper field positions and are now usually classified as part of the midfield, usually in 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formations (but whilst the team is on the attack, they tend to resemble 4-2-4 and 4-3-3 formations respectively).^ Wingers used to be classified as forwards in traditional W-shaped formations, but as tactics evolved through the last 30 years wingers have dropped to deeper field positions.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ "I am a central midfielder, I can play left or right and I like to attack.
  • YOUNG MIDFIELDER SIGNS PRO – News Archive – News – evertonfc.com – The Official Website of Everton Football Club 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.evertonfc.com [Source type: General]

^ Modern wingers are now usually classified as part of the midfield, usually in 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formations.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

The responsibilities of the winger include:
  • Providing a "wide presence" as a passing option on the flank.
  • To beat the opposing full-back either with skill or with speed.
  • To read passes from the midfield that give them a clear crossing opportunity, when going wide, or that give them a clear scoring opportunity, when cutting inside towards goal.
  • To double up on the opposition winger, particularly when he is being "double-marked" by both the team's full back and winger.
.The stereotypical winger is fast, tricky and enjoys 'hugging' the touchline, that is, running downfield close to the touchline and delivering crosses.^ It is a winger's duty to beat opposing fullbacks and to deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

However, players with different attributes can thrive on the wing as well. .Some wingers prefer to cut infield (as opposed to staying wide) and pose a threat as playmakers by playing diagonal passes to forwards or taking a shot at goal.^ Because of his age he's slow and gets tired but very good at long shots and passing and has a high rate of goals off free kicks.

^ I want to take a shot, chase somebody down, make a tackle and play a pass.
  • Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu not rushing comeback from injury - Telegraph 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ It is a winger's duty to beat opposing fullbacks and to deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

.Even players who are not considered quick, have been successfully fielded as wingers at club and international level for their ability to create play from the flank.^ Perhaps in a club situation, working together every day, Lampard and Gerrard could have come to an understanding, but at international level they palpably couldn't.
  • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ He buys a defensive midfielder and sures up our defense with a quick and strong player who would most likely play the role of a sweeper except in the back of the midfield.
  • Could Andrei Arshavin Be Arsenal’s Defensive Midfielder? | EPL Talk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.epltalk.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I dont think we can put Zusi and Balc in the same boat, Balc had skills on the ball and was an effective NCAA player but he lacked a next level in speed which hinders a winger/striker and he also lacked heart on the field.
  • MLSDraft.net Mock Draft | MLSDraft.net 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.mlsdraft.net [Source type: General]

.Occasionally wingers are given a free role to roam across the front line and are relieved of defensive responsibilities.^ In the modern game, some wide midfielders replace the role of wingers, whose contributions include providing defensive cover for fullbacks.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

The typical abilities of wingers include:
  • Technical skill to beat a full-back in a one-to-one situation.
  • Pace, to beat the full-back one-on-one.
  • Crossing ability when out wide.
  • Good off-the-ball ability when reading a pass from the midfield or from fellow attackers.
  • Good passing ability and composure, to retain possession while in opposition territory.
  • The modern winger should also be comfortable on either wing so as to adapt to quick tactical changes required by the coach.
.Traditionally, right-footed players are played on the right wing and left-footed players on the left as a matter of familiarity and comfort.^ He drops because he isn't very versatile and other teams have solid players on the left wing.
  • MLSDraft.net Mock Draft | MLSDraft.net 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.mlsdraft.net [Source type: General]

^ Says: August 30th, 2004 at 4:54 pm It wouldnt matter who we had on the right side it will never be as effective as the left.

.However, in the modern game, coaches usually demand wingers to be able to play on both flanks and to switch flanks during play regularly as a quick change of tactics.^ Usually you will be able to pick up better tactics even if you just watch older people play.
  • Defensive midfielder advises ?? - Soccer Fans Network Forums 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC forums.soccerfansnetwork.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Given players with the physical and technical attributes of Lampard and Gerrard, he would, presumably, play both in a 4-4-2 – if, that is, they had the mental attributes he demanded.
  • The Question: is the box-to-box midfielder dead? | Sport | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In the modern game, some wide midfielders replace the role of wingers, whose contributions include providing defensive cover for fullbacks.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

.For instance, a right-footed winger who plays on the left flank is more comfortable cutting into the middle, which suits the styles of playmaker forwards who can cause a threat both by shooting from distance, dribbling towards goal, or sliding through passes to other forwards.^ In your “Sigi’s arrow” formation — which seems as good an explanation of the Sounders formation as any — there is a back 4, a nominal left and right midfield/winger, and then a line of four middle players, starting with a holding midfield, then a box-to-box or “linking” midfielder, then the withdrawn/supporting striker/“playmaker”, and up top the classic “center forward” type player.
  • Brad Evans - Club Midfielder and National Back - Sounder At Heart 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.sounderatheart.com [Source type: General]

^ Wingers used to be classified as forwards in traditional W-shaped formations, but as tactics evolved through the last 30 years wingers have dropped to deeper field positions.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ That's where offensive attacks begin, either with long kicks to forwards sprinting to the corners or a series of shorter passes choreographed into a pattern of deception.
  • Midfielder Osborne keys U.S. defense against Brazil - USATODAY.com 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.Another advantage is that the winger can cut inside, towards the weaker foot of the full-back.^ It is a winger's duty to beat opposing fullbacks and to deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

Clubs such as Barcelona and Celtic often choose to play their wingers on the 'wrong' flank for this reason. One of the foremost practitioners of playing from either flank was the German winger, Jürgen Grabowski, whose flexibility helped Germany to third place in 1970, and a championship in 1974.
.Although wingers are a familiar part of football, the use of wingers is by no means universal.^ He is typically the offensive pivot of the team, sometimes known in football as "playing in the hole", although this term can also be used to describe a deep-lying centre forward.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

.There are many successful football teams who operate without wingers.^ In the 1966 World Cup for example, England manager Alf Ramsey led a team without natural wingers to championship.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ If there is someone who is really worth to be praised at Stamford Bridge for CHELSEA 's success, its undoubtedly FRANK LAMPARD FRANK LAMPARD= LEGEND! TOTAL RESPECT! He is such a great footballer that there is no such strong word to describe him.
  • Who is the BEST midfielder in the Premier League? You decide! - Sportingo 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.sportingo.com [Source type: General]

^ It is time for everyone to get right behind the manager [Rafa] because there is only one person who should be in charge at the football club and that is the manager.” - Kenny Dalglish .
  • who is the best defensive midfielder of 08/09 so far? - General Football Discussion - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A famous example is AC Milan, who typically play in a narrow midfield diamond formation or in a Christmas tree formation (4-3-2-1), relying on full-backs to provide the necessary width down the wings.^ Beckham back for AC Milan .
  • David Beckham - Latest news on AC Milan and England midfielder - Telegraph 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ And if you try to play Rooney as an attacking midfielder that would mean a huge burden for Scholes or whoever who holds that midfield holding position.
  • Rooney will now play as an attacking midfielder? - Manchester United Community 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC community.manutd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Comics x Home > Sports > Soccer Inter Milan loans Brazilian midfielder Amantino Mancini to rival AC Milan .
  • Metro - Inter Milan loans Brazilian midfielder Amantino Mancini to rival AC Milan 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.metronews.ca [Source type: General]

.Also, in the 1966 World Cup, England manager Alf Ramsey led a team without natural wingers through the knock-out games to the championship.^ In the 1966 World Cup for example, England manager Alf Ramsey led a team without natural wingers to championship.
  • WikiAnswers - What is the job of right midfielder 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

^ He also earned 134 caps with the United States national team and was a member of the 1998 and 2002 World Cup teams.
  • Red Bulls take midfielder Jeremy Hall in MLS draft; Jeff Agoos elected to Soccer Hall of Fame | New Jersey Sports - -New Jersey Sports - NJ.com 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: News]

^ World Cup groups Prepare for this summer - find out who, when and where your team is playing.
  • German Midfielder Torsten Frings Mulls Retirement | Sports | Deutsche Welle | 17.10.2008 3 February 2010 17:25 UTC www.dw-world.de [Source type: News]

This was unusual enough at the time for the team to be nicknamed "The Wingless Wonders".[9]

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|Darren Fletcher, a Scottish midfielder, who plays for Manchester United.]]

A midfielder in football is a player who usually plays in the centre of the field, hence the name, mid-fielder. There are usually a number of midfielders in each team of football, and are normally split into three: attacking; central; and defending.

The midfielders are normally the second part of the formation numbers, for example:

  • 4-3-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.
  • 4-4-2 is the formation. This formation shows that there are four defenders, four midfielders and two attackers.
  • 3-4-3 is the formation. This formation shows that there are three defenders, four midfielders and three attackers.



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