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Positional Rondo | Transitional Play (04-P2)

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

This football Rondo practice focuses on players' rotational movement to create space in a central area to keep the ball. In addition, in important factor is players' transition to losing the ball and changing their mindset to having the overload in possession to becoming overloaded defenders.

With a 30 by 30 Yard playing area and a 15 by 15 Yard central possession zone, 4 players must keep possession against 2 defenders.

When possession is won, play can break out with 4 support players creating a 6 v 4. Key Coaching Point: Develop rotational movement between individuals both inside and outside of the central zone, to create space to exploit.

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Progression: Constraining those in possession in the 4 v 2 to rotate after each 5-pass sequence, through effective verbal and non-verbal communication between teammates.

Player Questions:

1. Are you able to split the defenders by playing a penetrating pass?

2. Can you draw pressure and exploit the space left by switching play quickly?

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

What is the Positional Rondo?

Positional rondo, also known as a positional small-sided game or a possession game, is a training exercise that is commonly used in soccer to improve players' passing, movement, and decision-making skills. It is a variation of the traditional rondo exercise, which is a small-sided game that involves passing and movement between players.

In a positional rondo, players are arranged in a specific formation that reflects the positions they play in a game. For example, a team might set up a positional rondo with a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. The objective of the game is for the team in possession to keep the ball and try to score a goal, while the team not in possession tries to win the ball back and score a goal.

The positional rondo is useful in soccer because it helps players practice and develop their passing, movement, and decision-making skills in a game-like scenario. It allows players to work on their positioning, teamwork, and communication, and it also helps them develop their ability to read the game and anticipate their teammates' movements.

Additionally, the positional rondo is a good way to teach players how to defend and attack as a team. It helps them learn how to work together to win the ball back and create scoring opportunities, and it also helps them develop their ability to maintain possession and control the tempo of the game.

Overall, the positional rondo is a valuable training exercise in soccer because it helps players improve their passing, movement, and decision-making skills and learn how to play as a team.

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