mid·​field | \ ˈmid-ˌfēld How to pronounce midfield (audio) , 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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Draxler could also find himself in a central midfield role if Marco Verratti is unable to play against United. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Real Madrid enjoying winning run as Champions League returns," 10 Feb. 2019 Ivan Rakitic is only two years younger but remains influential in the midfield. Rob Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Three reasons why Croatia will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez got some gritty work in the midfield from Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 From there, the Jaguars defense slammed the door as the Bills crossed midfield only twice in the second half for a total of six snaps. Sal Maiorana, USA TODAY, "Jaguars break defensive stalemate, push past Bills for wild-card win," 7 Jan. 2018 Suddenly, players who looked listless last season are tracking back on defense again, led by their new midfield Rottweiler—Lucas Torreira. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 The lasting image for most is that of Wilson and Sherman going along with the NBC’s staged post-game plan to have members of the winning team eat turkey at midfield. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Introducing, the top 5 Thursday Night Football moments in the Pete Carroll era of Seahawks history," 14 Nov. 2018 Ekdal’s play in central midfield is a good barometer. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: Sweden-Switzerland, Colombia-England," 2 July 2018 Key facts: Guzman made 24 starts during his first season with the Timbers and was a mainstay in central midfield. OregonLive.com, "David Guzman, Andy Polo among 19 MLS players going to 2018 FIFA World Cup," 4 June 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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