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Rondo - Switch the point of attack

Exercise Description:

The exercise shows 8 players. 2 defenders (red), 3 attackers in one half, two attackers out wide, and a targeted attacker in the opposite area. One ball is used.

1. The coach serves the ball to the 3 attackers. A red defender enters the area, and a 3v1 is played.

2. After three or more passes, the attackers can pass to one of the wide attackers.

3. When this happens, the wide player receives the ball on the back foot and passes to the opposite target player. That wide player and a player from the group of three, quickly move to support the target player.

4. A blue player will go wide to fill the wide area.

5. The passing sequence starts, and a new red defender moves in to play a 3v1.

Coaching points: Game speed. Quality passing. 1-2 touch mentality. Body shape. The first touch with the back-foot.

Intended outcome:

  • To improve the quality of ball control and passing.

  • To get the players moving and opening up their body shape to receive the ball on the back foot.

  • Improve communication. The moment the player turns, communication is needed.

  • To get the players warmed up and ready for the next exercise. 

  • Player rotations with wide players.


No pass limit

Both wide players move in to support target player two from the opposite end move in to their space.

Possible Performance Problems:

The exercise may not be done at game speed.

Players will not communicate. The receiving player will not control the ball with their back foot or the pass is not made accurately to the back foot.

Be ready to focus

Keep scanning the area and visualize playing in a game.

Accept mistakes - Find solutions

Coach your teammates


Applaud good play

Be ready to pass or receive the ball


Be willing to move

Make the tackle

Close ball control

Be creative

Quality pass and communication

Body shape

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