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

Just line up again, get the ball to midfield and get on with the rest of a blowout and a breeze through pool play. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: U.S. national team’s mistake was in the way it celebrated," 19 June 2019 On offense, Jack Schulte moved from attack to midfield for the championship and produced another standout performance with five goals and two assists. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Scots middle school boys lacrosse team wins 6th title," 14 June 2019 Julie Ertz was moved to the backline for Tuesday night's game and Samantha Mewis got the start in the midfield. Anne M. Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, "US women open World Cup defense with record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand," 11 June 2019 At one point, left wingback Antonee Robinson played a pass on the ground across central midfield to no one. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "USMNT loses to Jamaica, 1-0, in Gold Cup tuneup as reserves deliver poor performance," 6 June 2019 The only other change for Colombia from the starting lineup which beat Senegal to qualify for the knockout stages is Mateus Uribe being replaced by the more defensive Wilmar Barrios in the center of midfield. Houston Chronicle, "England defeats Colombia on PKs to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 3 July 2018 The American soccer star who scored a hat trick against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final, including an almost cartoonish strike from midfield that somehow found the net? Sean Gregory, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Team USA as the 2019 Women's World Cup Gets Underway," 7 June 2019 During his breakthrough season with The Canaries, manager Daniel Farke had the luxury of using Godfrey at either centre back or in a holding midfield role. SI.com, "Ben Godfrey: 5 Things to Know About Norwich's Highly Rated Youngster," 6 June 2019 Whilst the Reds were always expected to win the match, Fabinho put in a very confident performance, leaving fans in awe of their new midfield maestro. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Rave Over 'Classy' New Signing After Performance in Pre-Season Friendly," 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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