Role of Holding Midfielder [ARTICLE]
Role of Holding Midfielder
The holding midfield player has numerous responsibilities. Physical speed is not considered a major factor for players in this position (although it never hurts) as this is, really, a sweeper in front of the back players with little need to make long searching runs.
Defensive midfielders vary in size from the diminutive Deschamps of the 1998 French World Cup Champions to his fellow countryman Viera who, at 6'4" is a giant of a player. A low center of gravity, helps as this player, generally, does a lot of tackling.
Mentally, a thorough awareness of player movement, especially on the weak side of the field and anticipation of when a pass is about to be made by an opposing player are excellent psychological qualities. Continual swiveling of the head is a characteristic of good holding midfielders.
Some of the tasks of the holding midfielder are as follows;
7 red vs. 7 blue + 1 neutral player; 2 neutral GK's
The +1 is the holding midfield player in yellow
Space - 75 x 40 yds.
Objective - for a team to hit the ball in the air so the GK can catch it
The helps whichever team is in possession to keep ball, but cannot score.
Defending The Counter Attack
4 neutral, unopposed midfield players in the middle who attack in both directions
2 center backs & a holding midfield player vs. two forwards at either end of the field
Space - 75 x 80 yds.
Midfielders receive ball from and attack team, form a containing triangle and drop back to top of penalty box. When shot is taken or interception made, ball is played to midfield unit who turn and attack in opposite direction.