mid·​field | \ˈmid-ˌfēld, ˌmid-ˈ\

Definition of midfield 

1 : the middle portion of a field especially : the portion of a playing field (as in football) that is midway between goals

2 : the players on a team (as in lacrosse or soccer) that normally play in the midfield

Examples of midfield in a Sentence

The team captains shook hands at midfield. The ball went out of bounds near midfield. They have a talented midfield this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web

That goal really got the Sounders going and Lodeiro helped salt this one away before halftime by picking up a ball at midfield and making a beautiful run toward the box – shaking off a nasty swipe at his legs in the interim. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 Though with Ryan out another 3-to-5 weeks, Lahoud can fill the vacancy and plug the hole between the midfield and backline. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Lahoud is a midfield buoy for FC Cincinnati in USL play," 5 July 2018 Soccer is similar: attacking forwards, dynamic midfields, and steady defenders wear specific shoes. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Surprisingly Sophisticated Science of Cleats," 29 Sep. 2016 In the second half, the midfield shape looked better, though. Cincinnati.com, "Player ratings from FC Cincinnati's 0-0 draw at Nashville SC," 7 July 2018 Shea easily outran Dynamo right back Kevin Garcia to a one-touch pass from midfield into the attacking third. Corey Roepken, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in rare home loss," 10 Mar. 2018 Engaged in a bizarre midfield slap fight with Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "Sean Payton making Saints NFL's most hated team this side of Patriots," 19 Jan. 2018 Fellaini, by the way, has stayed in his advanced role; it’s Witsel who is picking up all the slack in midfield since Dembélé left. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Within five minutes Dele Alli had picked up the ball in midfield and driven at the heart of Croatia's defence, winning a free kick from Luka Modric in the process. SI.com, "Croatia 2-1 England (AET): Three Lions' Hearts Broken as Mandzukic Scores Extra Time Winner," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of midfield

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of midfield

: the area of a playing field in sports like American football and soccer that is in the middle between the two goals

: the players on a soccer team who normally play in the midfield

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