Rondo is open skilled game where two teams (attackers and defenders) play against each other. It is a well-known training form especially in football. Rondo`s basic idea is that one group try to keep possession with the ball while completing a series of passes, while other (smaller) group tries to win the ball and get possession for them. From the player’s point of view, the goal is to outsmart the opponent, by moving the defenders to certain area and then play the ball to undefended areas by passing . Rondo is thus a game in which, in addition to passing skills, players practice their observation, decision-making, and other technical skills, like protecting the ball under pressure, in a constantly changing environment.
Rondos can be used to practice different aspects of the game. Since this is a game, players have to focus on technical performance more than static exercises and usually they tend to be also more motivated. Different variations can be used to develop players ’risk management (ball possession vs playing forward) and teach them to play according to certain principles. Thus, the development in the training of a small area can also be transferred to normal (five against five) game in the full field. Rondo can be also integrate a variety of structures and cooperation models from team playing philosophy.
To achieve the desired goal, the coach can modify the following variables:
- The size of the area
- Number of the players
- Number of the team
- Number of the attackers and defenders
- Goal of the exercise (possession with time or number of passes)
- Rules (i.e. the number of touches / time which is available to the ball carrier).