These ‘Rondo’ variations are examples that you can use to develop quick ball circulation with transitions.
Inspired by the United States Paralympic National Team training camp and head coach Stuart Sharp. Here is a defending session that primarily focuses on cutting off passing lanes, denying penetrating passes and playing through lines quickly. Tweak it to fit the personnel and framework of your team! Congratulations to the USPNT and Coach Sharp on being selected for the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Honorary All-America Award!
Scott Daiutolo is a coach with West-Mont United Soccer Association in southeastern Pennsylvania, a four-time National Champion with Radnor United’s men’s adult soccer team, played Division I college soccer at perennial Top 10 Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University) and is an avid student and consumer of
This activity and following progressions develop an understanding of structured and organised defending against an opponent with a numerical advantage; on gaining possession the advantage now changes to 3v2 / 4v3 to goal. Players are encouraged to think ‘Attack’ on these transition moments!
Passing, Ball Circulation, Buildup, Movement – whatever the terms you choose – are all vital components of maintaining possession. Teaching players to combine with each other in various situations is a key element of team play: can your players combine quickly to evade opponents, can they combine to create scoring chances in tight spaces, do they have an understanding of the how / when / why of successful combination play??