The Importance of Developing Players Through Teaching Rondos

The following is part of Soccer Awareness eBook: Tactical Thoughts on the Development of the New 4 v 4, 7 v 7 and 9 v 9 Game Sizes

This 407 page eBook shows how these different size games can be taught and also shows different systems of play that might be useful to you.

Run with them as you may and of course come up with your own solutions too as that is what coaching is all about. I have introduced the use of RONDOS to initially aid the development of players for the game situation. Click Here to Preview the Book


Welcome to this book exploring the different size games in youth soccer and I have included as a way to work into these game situations various Rondo ideas I feel are great foundation builders for players learning to combine and play together.

I have stayed with simplistic ideas that all levels of players can try and be successful at, it is up to each coach to work out how to make it work for their players.

Though the foundation of the basic rondo stays the same, it can be made more difficult or easier by the number of touches players are allowed for example so it benefits ALL players who practice with them.

So this is a great way in my opinion to prepare players for the game situations we will discuss in this book. 

I am sure one day soon I will write a book purely on “Rondos” but for now this can act as a taster for the future.


What Do Rondos Teach?

A rondo for example isn't just 4 players playing keep away from a single player and a bit of fun (though they Are fun), what you get out of a rondo is the following: 

  1. Soccer Awareness: Assessing options BEFORE receiving the ball: The Think and Look
  2. Technique,
  3. Mobility, 
  4. Agility and balance
  5. Body position, 
  6. Foot preparation, 
  7. Communication, 
  8. The 1st touch, 
  9. The 2nd touch, and beyond
  10. Teamwork, 
  11. Collective tactical understanding in a small sided game environment, 
  12. Positioning OFF the ball, 
  13. Problem solving, 
  14. And developing creativity and imagination, 
  15. Intensity of play, 
  16. Physically challenging;
  17. Developing Angles of support;
  18. Opening up passing lanes by movement off the ball;
  19. Speeding up thinking and decision making, The SKILL FACTOR;
  20. ltimately providing a competitive environment where no one wants to give the ball away nd finally,  
  21. They are fun to do.