The rondo is a training activity where a group of players is tasked with keeping possession of the ball while completing a series of passes, while a smaller group of players (sometimes a single player) tries to win possession. Especially in Spain and many other countries, these possession activities are a staple of every session. Rondos can be used to teach many facets of the game; this session focuses on developing different demands of the game, all within a socially distanced environment.
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4 v 2- 6 v 4 possession. Two small 5 x 5 boxes side by side with a defensive player in each box and 4 attacking players on the outside (4 v 2). A larger box (15 x 15/ 20 x 20 depending on quality) with 6 attacking players on the outside. 3 min sets : 2 min rest x 4 sets. Switch attacking and defensive groups each set.
Play starts with a coach playing to a red player who keep possession against the 2 defenders (who are confined to their own box). The 4 must play through the box to their team-mates (not on the outside). If the 2 win the ball, they play to their team on the outside and keep possession (6 v 4).
Progression: 2 touches maximum, 10 passes for a point
- Supporting angles- support the player on the ball with a good passing lane
- Back foot- receive on the back foot in order to move to the next action
- Defensive screening- no physical interactions, so defenders must read and intercept passes
Center back breaking lines rondo. Four center backs start in a 30 x 30 grid with one goal on each corner (4 total). In the middle is another grid made of 3 boxes set out by poles (5 yards each), with a defender in each box. 3 mins set: 2 mins rest x 4 sets. Switch defenders each set.
Play starts with one of the four center backs who attempt to work together to use skill and deception to pass through the gate. If passing to the other side cleanly, they win one point. The red players are confined to their own box and when winning possession, should attack one of the mini goals (while staying in their box) immediately.
- Decisions in possession- player on the ball must make a good decision whether to play square or to play through the gap
- Deception and skill- the player in possession can use footwork or body feints to deceive the defender to create a passing lane to break the line
Attacking rondo with combination to goal- 8 v 8 game- 2 sets of 4 boxes (8 x 8 per box) set up with 2 teams (4 players per team) stationed inside the boxes (one player per box). The other four players of each team are set up at poles either side of the boxes in a diamond shape (#10, #7, #11 and #9). 3 mins set, 2 min rest x 4 sets.
Play starts with the coach playing to one team. The team attempt to play at least 3 passes between them before breaking the line to play their attackers. The attackers attack the goal in 3 passes (or 5 second time limit upon receiving). Switch group roles each set.
- See above