The rondo pressure drill is a fun keep away variation with two teams competing against each other. When the ball is on one side, the team on the opposite side sends players over to defend and apply pressure.

Set Up

Create a grid split down the middle into two halves as pictured in the diagram. Divide players into two even teams and start with a supply of balls nearby to restart the game quickly in the event that a ball goes out of play.

How It Works

The coach plays a ball out to one side who try to keep possession. The team from the opposite side sends two players over to try to take the ball away.

If the team in possession completes a consecutive number of passes or holds on to the ball for a specific length of time, they earn a point. If the defenders take the ball away or the ball goes out of play, the coach plays a new ball out to the opposite side and the game continues.

Coaching Points

Just like the three team possession drill, this is a great drill for players to work on passing and defending fundamentals. Both with and without the ball, communication is important. When in possession players should work on providing good passing angles by moving off the ball. On defense players should work together to make play predictable and take the ball away.

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