How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

How to Rotate to Create Space in a Rondo (04-P2)

This practice focuses on players rotational movement to create space in a central area, before reacting to winning possession. With a 30 x 30 Yard area and 15 x 15 Yard central area, 4 players keep possession against 2 centrally. 2 defending players who win possession can breakout with 4 outside players to create a 6 v 4 overload. Develop rotational movement between central players and outside players to create space to exploit.

  • Attacking Emphasis 60% 60%
  • Defending Emphasis 40% 40%

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Objective: Rotational Movement to Keep Possession

Central players must rotate every 5 passes, through effective verbal and non verbal communication (e.g. Eye Contact and hand gestures) to move opposition players around.

Coaching Effect: Transition when Possession Won

When Blues win possession, they must now break out into the larger area into a 6 v 4 overload practice. Blues can rotate central players providing more flexibility, yet keeping 2 players in the central area at any one time, with whites pressing on the outside to regain. 

Progression: Add Goals to Add Focus and Challenge

Progress by now introducing 4 goals as shown. Whites can finish in any of the 4 goals on the outside after making 10 passes or splitting 2 defenders. focus on speed of possession transfer as soon as defenders are split.

Key Coaching Point: Initiate immediate possession after goal

Coach must pass a ball in immediately after they score in one of the 4 mini goal to encourage whites to finish in any of the other 3 goals, again by making 10 passes or splitting defenders in the central zone. 

Key Coaching Point: Draw Pressure on the Outside to Switch Play

Objective for Blues when they win possession is to keep the ball on this expanded area to make 10 passes before finishing in the goals themselves. If whites win the ball they take it back to a 4 v 2 in the central area, repeating the challenge to get 10 passes or split both defenders.

Key Coaching Points
  • Tactical | Recognise when to rotate to move opposition players
  • Technical | Passing quality to keep the ball in tight spaces
  • Social | Player understanding of when to move out and replace teammates in space created
Q&A
  • Where is the space on regaining possession and how can you exploit this?
  • How do defenders react with slow possession and when you speed up possession?

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How to Penetrate Through The Pivot (01-P3)

How to Penetrate Through The Pivot (01-P3)

How to Penetrate Through The Pivot (01-P3)

Practice 3 of theme 1 Attacking Centrally is designed to develop combinations and rotations in central areas, before penetrating defensive lines. In this 5 v 5, played in a 35 x 25 Yard area, we have a 10 by 10 Yard central zone for our magic player, with whom the possession team must connect with in their build up. Teams must react quickly on the transition, connecting through central areas whilst the opposition are out of shape.

  • Attacking Emphasis 65% 65%
  • Defending Emphasis 35% 35%

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See all of Coaching Theme 1: http://go.touchtight.com/rMpLye

Key Coaching Point 1: Connecting Play Centrally

Focus on player’s keeping possession and being patient before penetrating with the central target player. The reason for this, is that defenders will simply protect this zone. If they overdo this you can reward the possession team with a goal for 1-0 passes, encouraging defenders to press, leaving space to then connect with the central player. 

Key Coaching Point 2: Manage Defenders Setting High Challenge

A goal is scored after each combination, with players rotating after each successful passage of play. Set the tempo for defenders and reward effective team pressure, i.e. goal for a regain within 3 seconds, 2 goals if 4 or more players work collectively to win the ball back. Really focus on spaces between players in the pressing phase.

Progression 2: Central Player For Possession Team

We progress this by removing the floater and conditioning the possession team to connect through a teammate in the central zone, central players must switch with an opposition player when possession is turned over. With the removal of this additional player, the challenge for the possession team is increased, meaning they have to move the ball quicker and more effectively with increased pressure. 

After each successful combination, rotate with a different teammate dropping into the central zone, ensuring you always have a pivot player to work with.

Key Coaching Points

– Passing quality
– Movement to support
– Speed of rotation
– Managing opposition pressure

Q&A

How do the opposition defend against this and what problems does this cause?

How can central players combine on one touch effectively?

What support can you provide in your teams for this player under pressure?

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