Neutral in the middle rondo is a keep away variation between two teams where one tries to play a ball into the middle and the other tries to win it.

Set Up

Create a grid and two teams of four. One team starts in the middle as defenders and the other starts outside. In addition, add a neutral player in the middle and you can also have more neutral players on the outside.

How It Works

The outer team moves the ball around and tries to play in to the neutral player in the center. If the defending team in the middle wins the ball they become the outer team and the game continues.

Coaching Points

In general rondos are great to help players work on keeping possession of the ball and improve basic passing skills. In addition, this drill teaches players to quickly react to changes in possession and transition to the defensive mode as soon as the ball is lost.

The difficulty of this exercise can be modified by limiting the number of touches players can take or changing the size of the grid.

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