What is the middle third in soccer?
The middle third refers to the middle of the pitch surrounding the halfway line. In the middle third, you will likely find midfielders moving between the defensive third and attacking third.
When a team is on offense, they are trying to bring the ball into the attacking third and prevent the other team from stealing the ball and moving into their defensive third. There is a lot of movement in the middle third and it is a place of heated contest.
Other Parts of the Field
- Attacking Third
- Defensive Third
- Goal Area
- Penalty Area