Organisation/Set Up

This Rondo is Practice 1 of Theme 10: Defensive Pressure and is based off a 3412 Formation as you can see. This is played in a 20 by 20 Yard area with a 10 by 10 central square for the single player (8) to combine and break the defensive line of 2 midfielders who look to win the ball. Our midfield pair, must avoid being split with a through pass, by not leaving large gaps for the opposition to play through.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 25% 25%

Age Group

Number of Players


Set Up: Combine Through Central Pivot

Progressions: Creating 6 v 3

Progressions: Rotational Movement

Key Coaching Points

Tactical | Keep play on outside, no gaps for pass to be played through

Psych | Recognition of right time to press, being aggressive in decisions

Technical | Apply correct defending technique in pressing phase


How can you work together to limit spaces?

When is the right time to press as a pair?

Where are you getting success and how can you maintain this level?


Difficulty Rating


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