If you want your players to start pre-season training like Barcelona, you should try using Spanish-style rondo games to sharpen their general touch and all-round fitness levels. MORE
Why rondos are perfect for pre-season
Everything you want from pre-season training is to be found in rondo. It makes for a simple session that works on every aspect of a player’s game: technique, tactics, physical and psychological.
Rondo works especially well for pre-season training because players are immediately concentrating on the game – no-one wants to make an error and go in the middle – forcing them into good decision-making right from the start.
Here are my favourite activities and advice on rondos:
Begin by reading my Sharpen up the Barcelona way advice that looks at why and when you can use rondos with your team.
Then you want a session to run with your players. Rondo decisions has everything you need to give players a good work out, get them using match-like techniques and bring them up to speed before the season starts.
For more advanced players Rondo squares adds communication into the mix – this is vital for pre-season as players need to get used to talking to each other again – not always easy for teenagers!
Finally read my article on Why rondos work well at the start of training, where I discuss the benefits of the rondo with Todd Beane, Johan Cruyff’s son-in-law and the founder of TOVO Academy Barcelona.