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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Andrew Das: The stadium does not appear full, especially in some of the best seats near midfield, which seems strange for a World Cup semifinal. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time. James Ellingsworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Belgium claims third place at World Cup," 14 July 2018 Somehow, Croatia has found a way to make this bottleneck of talent work, even using all five of its midfield stars in the same game during its victory over Denmark. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 The Senegalese referee managed the game perfectly (unlike the refereeing in some of the other games), and much of it was played out through intricate work in the midfield. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "The Improbable Beauty of Lukaku’s Hop," 6 July 2018 Barcelona and Spain midfield star Andres Iniesta has indicated this summer's World Cup in Russia could signal his international swansong. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Iniesta: 2018 World Cup could be his last "given my age"," 22 Mar. 2018 But to really make things click, the team will need more production out of the rest of the midfield. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez lead Colombia into World Cup competition," 11 June 2018 Meunier scored and Youri Tielemans dominated the midfield. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium win 3rd place with victory over England," 14 July 2018 The duo will compete with Aaron Ramsey, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka for a place in Emery's central midfield. SI.com, "Unai Emery Dismisses Reports Suggesting Arsenal Have Made Move to Reunite Him With Sevilla Star," 13 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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