As Midfielders run the most in a soccer game, their running volume is around 10,000 meters (six miles) in 90 minutes, four miles per hour. Midfielders are the key to success; as in most soccer games, the team that is able to control the middle of the field typically wins and because of this many coaches put their best players at the midfield positions.
Midfielders must be solid defenders who can help out on the back line and skillful enough to jump into the offensive attack. However, there are some coaches that stress that midfielders should first think defensively, they should also be able to quickly cycle the ball forward after dispossessing an attacker.
The midfield position is great for beginning players to learn because it requires building a well-rounded skill set as midfielders always have to defend, dribble, pass, shoot, and even score.
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