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 Attack Centrally Through Rotation |01-P2

How to Attack Centrally Through Rotation |01-P2

How to Attack Centrally Through Rotation |01-P2

This possession practice is a 5 v 5 + GKs, with 2 of those being target players, who players will need to connect with, allowing them to come into play and be replaced by existing possession players during the build up. Below are some key coaching points and progressions that can be applied to different age groups.

  • Attacking Emphasis 75% 75%
  • Defending Emphasis 34% 34%

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Defending teams will attempt to cover these players and so attacking team must work angles and spaces to combine in central areas. It’s crucial that players stay calm in their play and don’t force play, moving defenders away from the space they want to exploit.

Key Coaching Point 1: Playing Through Both Corners 

Movement to create and use space | Go & Show. 1-2 touch combinations – Players must combine with players in each corner before finishing, unless they can make 10 passes to attack goal. Defenders will now need to decide whether to press the ball, or protect corners resulting in them becoming disjointed.

Progression 1: Rotational Movement Between Zones

Rotational Movement for players in and out of zones to develop increased movement and interchanging of positions. This will encourage positivity for corner players knowing they can now be involved in play. Rotation must be quick however, with a 2-3 second maximum on transition. 

Progression 2: Teammate Rotation Off The Ball

We can now develop interchanging movement of players off the ball to enhance player awareness. The passer can no longer switch with the corner player, this must come from a teammate away from the ball. This also means it is more difficult for the possession team, with one less player for them to connect with during this transfer.

Progression 3: Opposite Side Rotations

The final progression in this practice for now, is a difficult one for younger players to adapt to and so progress with caution. When a combination and rotation is played with a corner player, another teammate must rotate with the player in the opposite corner. This is great to see those players who are switched on and recognise they must play away from the ball. This is super to develop player’s thought processes and encourage them not to keep chasing the ball, fantastic to see how quickly some players adapt to this session.  

Key Coaching Points

– Passing quality
– Change in speed to Penetrate
– First touch to break out of areas
– Game intelligence to use space wisely

Q&A

– How quickly are players picking up the practice?
– What are the issues you are facing as an attacking team?
– Are you able to take your first touch out of the square? How and Why?
– How can this transfer to the game?

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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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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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