mid·​field | \ ˈmid-ˌfēld How to pronounce midfield (audio) , ˌmid-ˈfēld \

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 Arteta recalled German international Mesut Ozil to his midfield, but his side trailed Bournemouth to a 34th minute goal by Dan Gosling at the Vitality Stadium. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Dominic Calvert-Lewin gives Carlo Ancelotti winning start at Everton," 26 Dec. 2019 So too were Steven Gerrard, Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, and David Silva in midfield. Thomas Hindle, USA TODAY, "Best of the decade: Greatest starting 11 soccer players," 13 Dec. 2019 The 13-time European champions are undergoing a mini-period of transition under Zinedine Zidane after a disappointing season last year, and are looking to revitalise their midfield. SI.com, "Real Madrid Make Contact With Fabian Ruiz Over Potential Transfer From Napoli," 6 Nov. 2019 Horan never set foot on the pitch in the final, a 2-0 win over The Netherlands, despite having played in all six previous games and starting in four while playing a key role in midfield. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Golden’s Lindsey Horan aims to be the best soccer player in the world," 18 Oct. 2019 Still, Ellis’s injury issues were potentially compounded late in the match when midfielder Rose Lavelle, one of the Americans’ best players throughout the tournament and the engine of its midfield, left the game with her own leg issue. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Short One Star, U.S. Women Just Called for Another," 3 July 2019 Manningham barely got his feet down at midfield, a play the Patriots unsuccessfully challenged. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 54 greatest Super Bowl moments in NFL history," 23 Jan. 2020 Nix split a pair of Oregon defenders and then lunged toward midfield, securing a pivotal first down with his legs to keep Auburn’s eventual game-winning drive alive. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "The 10 plays that defined Auburn’s 2019 season," 12 Jan. 2020 Up ahead, a squadron of cheerleaders marches toward midfield, to the beat of the Clemson fight song. New York Times, "Dabo Swinney Has a Vision to Sell You," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of midfield

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2020

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“Midfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midfield. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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