6v3 Rondo

Exercise description:

Area – 20 x 20 with two mini-goals. A triangle is in the middle. The practice is a 6v3 Rondo with a purpose.

1.The red team scores by completing 10 passes or by playing through the triangle area in the middle as marked by the yellow cones.

2.The blues look to win the ball and score in either of the mini-goals or by dribbling out of the playing area.

3. If the blues win the ball, the reds should look to counter-press and win the ball back.

4. The team out of possession works for 90 seconds before changing to manage the intensity of the practice.

Coaching points:

Body shape. Angles of support. 1-2 touch mentality. Disguised passes, scan the playing area.

Defenders, work as a unit. Force the play one way.

Intended outcome:

  • To get the players ready for the practice ahead.

  • To work on speed of play in tight areas.

  • Improve the quality of the first touch, whether it's a pass or ball control.

  • Have fun

  • Compete and work together

  • Improve field awareness in small spaces

  • Gain confidence.


After 10 passes, the possession team can score on a mini-goal.

Technical / Tactical:

  • 1-2 touch mentality

  • Anticipate - See the future

  • Communication

  • Quality passing

  • First touch

  • Body shape - receive the ball on the back foot


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Be willing to move

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space

  • Be ready on the balls of your feet

  • Compete


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the combinations of the exercise. 

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Anticipate

Possible Performance Problems:

The three defenders work alone and not as a unit.

The possession team try to force the ball through the triangle

The attackers forget to press the ball when the blues win it.

The attackers do not scan the plating area and think ahead.

Passes are not directed to the correct foot.