How to play as a central midfielder like Iniesta

Dominate the Centre of Midfield

I've had many requests for an article about playing as a midfielder so thank you all for your patience and here it finally is! In this article I'm going to be very specific about what you should do if you're wanting to make this your primary position and dominate it more than anyone in your competition. Here are my three tips on what you should do! I won't bother mentioning this as a tip, but always know that as a central midfielder your most important skill has got to be the first touch!

1) Be self aware and decide what type of midfielder you are!

Are you a holding, attacking or a pure central ball playing midfielder. This is the first thing you need to know and it requires being aware of what your physical and skill level characteristics are. Make sure you know the answer to this because you could waste a lot of your developmental years trying to master the wrong position for you on the pitch. Find your position, study it, watch the best in the world at your position and double down on becoming the best at it!

2) Keep your head up - know where the space and players are at all times!

The best midfielders in the world are always two steps ahead of the play. They know what they're going to do with the ball before they receive it because they already know where the space is and where the opposing defenders are. They know this because they keep their head up at all times and observe what is going on in the game. Practice this at training in small possession games so it comes natural to you. Once your skill levels improve, you'll be able to concentrate on the game itself, rather than executing on the skills.

3) Constantly move off the ball and find space

Provide options for your teammates! This will require you to have a high level of fitness but the more you move, the harder it is for your opposition to mark you. Always be moving off the ball because when you do this, you'll give yourself more time on the ball. You will be much more successful as a midfielder with this one tip - always find the space and know what you want to do with the ball before asking for the pass. As soon as you can do this in every game, you'll be amazed how much of a difference you can make to your team and how much you'll improve.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or want anything clarified

Thanks for reading,

Chris Toovey