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Piggy in the middle with cognitive elements - Barcellona F.C.

Piggy in the middle with cognitive elements - Barcellona F.C.

  • 6 vests (3 red & 3 yellow as in the figure)
  • Sufficient balls 
  • Playing area: 8x8 meters
  • Players: 9
  • Duration: 14 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 6 minutes with 1 minute of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Cognitive exercise to develop aspects such as perception, analysis and decision making
Visual perception, Peripheral vision, Pass, Intercepting

Place eight players in a circle (8x8 m) and a defender inside. In the figure three players are in red, three in yellow and three in white

  • The players in the circle pass the ball trying to keep possession avoiding the ball being intercepted by the defender inside.
  • The player playing the ball must always pass to a teammate of a different colour
  • If the defender wins the ball he switches position with the intercepted player
  • If a player passes the ball to a teammate of the same colour  he will replace the defender inside


Developing Piggy in the middle

  • The player must always pass the ball to a teammate in a different colour vest
  • Maximum two touches 
  1. Increase the difficulty of the exercise by adding a second ball. One ball will be passed with the feet by the rules explained previously (pass to a teammate in a different colour), while the second ball will be played with their hands (clockwise or counterclockwise)


Variation 1

Coaching Points
  • For the players possessing the ball:
    • It is very important that the rondo is played at highest intensity
    • Pay attention to the player’s body orientation verifying that it is “open” towards the play and teammates
    • Passes must be made with the right intensity
    • Check the time elapsing between control and pass trying to minimize it
    • Encourage players to think before the ball arrives; in modern football thinking ahead of the play may change the outcome of the move
    • Try to lead players to gradually play one touch
  • For players not in possession:
    • Check the frequency of supports stimulating the defender to be always ready for an unexpected change of direction
    • Check position for efficient interception
    • Stimulate players to read trajectories to try anticipating the intentions of the player possessing the ball

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