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4 v 2 Rondos | Developing Support Play (05-P1)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

In this opposed 4 v 2 Rondo, the possession team must keep the ball in each of the 4 squares within this 20 x 20 area, against 2 defending players who can press to regain in any area.

If defenders win the ball, they can now play a 2 v 1 in a single 10 x 10 area to make 5 passes before moving into another square to do the same. When the attacking team wins the ball back, they keep possession in the 4 v 2 again.

Key Coaching Points

  • Angles and distances of possession players to the ball in 20 x 20 and defenders press on triggers.

  • How do player rotations influence defenders and passing players? Fewer options? Easier to regain? Increased awareness of the possession team?

  • Focus on looking away from the ball to observe pressure before switching play to another box.

See all of Coaching Theme 5:

Progressions & Constraints

  1. Passing players must now rotate away from their pass at least every 3 or 4 passes.

See all of the progressions with the complete video, together with the supporting session plan by clicking below.

Alternative Rondo Options

Here are a few tips for coaching a 4 vs 2 rondo in soccer (also known as football):

  1. Set up the playing area: To set up a 4 vs 2 rondo, you will need a small playing area, such as a square or rectangle, with a goal or set of cones at each end. The attackers (the team with possession) should be divided into two pairs, with each pair positioned on opposite sides of the playing area. The defenders (the team without possession) should be positioned in the center of the playing area.

  2. Explain the rules: Before starting the rondo, it's important to explain the rules to the players. The basic rule is that the attackers must pass the ball between themselves and try to score by passing the ball through one of the goals or cones, while the defenders must try to win the ball and score at the other end. You can also introduce additional rules, such as limiting the number of touches each player can take, or requiring the attackers to make a certain number of passes before attempting to score.

  3. Encourage good technique: Encourage the players to use good technique when passing and receiving the ball, such as using the inside or outside of the foot, depending on the angle and distance of the pass, as well as using the right weight and power to put the ball in a good position for the recipient.

  4. Encourage good communication and coordination: Good communication and coordination are essential for a successful rondo. Encourage the players to communicate with each other and coordinate their movements to create and exploit space on the field.

  5. Introduce variations: To vary the rondo and keep it interesting for the players, you can introduce different rules or constraints, or adjust the size of the playing area. You can also switch the roles of the attackers and defenders periodically to give both teams a chance to practice different skills.

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