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.


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