Let me introduce you to my friend Andrew Keizer.
Andrew is a part of the Charity Ball family. He plays midfield for Lakeshore Premier SC in Grand Haven, MI and recently made the Michigan ODP state pool for his age group. He also plays for his high school (Holland Christian) in Holland MI.For several years now, he’s been developing his skills as an attacking midfielder. I dropped him a text a few days ago and asked him if he could pass along some cool tips for kids wanting to learn how to be successful at the midfield position.
Here is what he sent me:
1. Space – make runs into strategic space to help support the player who has the ball.
2. Vision of the Field – know where a good run is being made so that you can play them a ball.
3. Good Decisions – know where you are going with the ball before it comes to you.
4. Be Unpredictable – change up what you’re doing with the ball so you can be more dangerous.
5. Play the Simple – don’t try to do anything that is too hard and will give up the ball.
I totally agree with Andrew on these points. I too play midfield from time-to-time and these are some of the things I’m trying to do when I’m on the pitch. Right now I’m working hard on trying be unpredictable. You don’t want to do the same thing over and over again. When opponents know what you’re going to do with the ball, they can shut you down.
Tip: if you play midfield and you want to remember these points, try writing them on your hand before training or the big game.
Andrew, thanks for the pointers. Keep up the good work – Jade @charityballjade