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Working with Rondos

I was asked by a coach this week about what a good warm up was for his U10 team. The answer that I gave him was to use Rondos. You can use them at any age group and they really work well to warm up players for training or matches and they don’t involve much setting up. My favourites are the simple ones like 5v2 or a combination that works for your age group.

They work on every aspect of the game apart from shooting so they are perfect to use when you don’t want to be wasting time picking up balls that have missed the goal. Players can also get the social side of playing with their friends out of the way by talking to each other while playing the Rondo. But you can also use more advanced Rondos to take up part of your training session. There are different ones for coaching different aspects of the game.

Try using the rondos below to help your team prepare for training and matches.

Start by reading my 8 tips for Rondo success which explains about using Rondos and what your players can get out of them. It’s a great way to encourage players to recreate match-like situations and solve them themselves.

Key Rondo passes is a great way of making Rondos into a game with points for different passes and passes that split the defending pair. It will really get your players working hard to score points.

Now you need to play a Rondo. One of my favourites is Final pass Rondo which works on passing vision and is linked to creative play in and around the final third of the pitch. Easy to set up, it is great fun for your players as well as being a technical challenge.

I also like to use Full squad Rondo because it is different to the kind you would use for warming up. This Rondo gets players into scoring positions and gives a good work out in shooting and scoring goals. It’s a game for older age groups as it involves 18 players but it is a fantastic work-out during training.

For good fun Rondos, I turn the basic Rondo into a game where players are moving their Rondo from square to square trying to beat their opponents who are also moving in a Rondo. Moving the ball around the circle and also moving the circle around the area takes great concentration and technique but the added competition makes Rondo decisions a great game to play.

You can also use the basic Rondo to help you on match days. Simple Rondo is easy to set up and a great way to keep your players entertained while you sort out the details of the match.

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