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Rondo Drills

A rondo drill is a keep away style training exercise where one group of players with the ball has a numerical advantage over another group of defending players. Rondos are great to help players work on maintaining possession of the ball, working together with their teammates, and thinking one step ahead. Essentially, the objective of the team in possession is to keep control of the ball while the team with fewer players tries to win it back.

From this basic ‘keep away’ concept there are a lot of fun rondo variations coaches can use to focus on different aspects of the game. Below you’ll find some of our favorite rondo inspired ideas that you can use in your training sessions.

Rondo Possession vs Goals

Rondo Possession vs Goals

Rondo possession vs goals is a game where one team earns points by keeping the ball away and the other team can earn points by winning it and scoring.

Neutral In The Middle Rondo

Neutral In The Middle Rondo

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.

Rondo Last One Standing

Rondo Last One Standing

Rondo last one standing is a competition with two teams. Each team sends a defender to the other side to defend and the last team to maintain possession wins.

Rondo In A Rondo

Rondo In A Rondo

In this rondo variation the defender in the middle can win the ball and play out to their teammates to play keep away from the original attackers.

Two Sided Possession Game

Two Sided Possession Game

The two sided possession game is a passing competition where two teams try to maintain control of the ball with the help of neutral players.

Rondo Pressure Drill

Rondo Pressure Drill

The rondo pressure drill is a fun keep away variation with two teams competing against each other.

Spaced Out Rondo

Spaced Out Rondo

Spaced out rondo is a keep away variation to help players work on staying spread out, offensive shape, and finding good passing angles.Set Up Create a grid divided into six zones as pictured in the diagram. This drill is played as a 6v3 rondo 'keep away' exercise...

Two Teams Against One

Two Teams Against One

Two teams against one is an easy keep away competition where three teams take turns playing defence in the middle.

Rondo To Attack

Rondo To Attack

Rondo to attack is a fun rondo ‘keep away’ variation where once players have completed a certain number of passes they can go forward and try to score.

Escape The Rondo

Escape The Rondo

Escape the rondo is a keep away style game where the players in the middle need to dribble out as soon as they have won the ball.

4v2 Transitional Rondo

4v2 Transitional Rondo

This rondo variation is played with two teams. When one team loses the ball or maintains possession for a given amount of time, a new ball starts on the opposite side.

Liverpool vs Man City Drill

Liverpool vs Man City Drill

The Liverpool vs Man City drill is inspired by the contrasting styles of possession play from Man City and the quick counter attacking style of Liverpool.

3 Team Possession Drill

3 Team Possession Drill

The three team possession drill is a fun and competitive rondo variation played with three teams.

Find The Killer Pass

Find The Killer Pass

Find the killer pass is an excellent drill to teach players to move the ball as a team and execute penetrating passes into dangerous areas.

4v2 Rondo With Dribble Retake

4v2 Rondo With Dribble Retake

This simple drill helps you teach your players how to take up positions to maintain possession and to react and transition fast to dribble forward when winning the ball.

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