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Rondos Special Training Guide

15 Rondos games to guarantee improved defence and attack
Dave Clarke

US$14.99

It sounds too good to be true…but you will be astonished with the genuine results of the 15 simple sessions contained in Rondos – Special Training Guide.

Rondos are games where one group of players has the ball with overload advantage over another group of players (3v1, 4v2, 5v2, 6v3). The basic objective of the group with the overload advantage is to keep possession of the ball while the objective of the group with fewer players is to win the ball back.

By using Rondos your players will automatically develop technical skills, one and two touch passing, decision making skills, creativity and expression, improved control, physical conditioning, competitiveness as well as rhythm of play and tempo. They have become a recognised training tool for team skill development.

“Everything that goes in a match, except shooting*, you can do in a Rondo. The competitive aspect, fighting to make space, what to do when in possession and what to do when you haven’t got the ball, how to play one touch soccer, how to counteract the tight marking and how to win the ball back.” – Johan Cruyff, former FC Barcelona manager.

*you can even shoot with the Rondos – Special Training Guide!

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Watch Bayern Munich or Barcelona play rondos and you will see fast, one-touch passing and players using innovative ways to keep the ball or win it back.

Rondos means “round” in Spanish, but they can be set up in a square grid as well as a circle. They can be anything from 8×8 yards/metres to a half pitch depending on the skill level of the players or the aspect of play to be worked on.

“It’s all about rondos. Rondo, rondo, rondo. Every single day. It’s the best exercise there is. You learn responsibility and not to lose the ball. If you lose the ball, you go in the middle. Pum-pum-pumpum, always one touch. If you go in the middle, it’s humiliating, the rest applaud and laugh at you.” Xavi, FC Barcelona

Rondos – Special Training Guide contains 15 games to promote one and two touch passing, rhythm of play and tempo, creativity and expression. Teach your players about coaching first, second and third line passes, short passing and movement off the ball.

Using Rondos will help your players develop many key elements in their game including:

  • Technical skills
  • One and two touch passing
  • Decision making skills
  • Creativity and expression
  • Improved control
  • Physical conditioning
  • Competitiveness
  • Rhythm of play
  • Tempo

The guide contains 15 activities:

WARM-UPS

TOP TIPS FOR RONDOS SUCCESS

1.SIMPLE RONDO

2.FULL SQUAD RONDO

3.FINAL PASS RONDO

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

4. PASSING PAIRS

5. PRESSING
6. PRESS THE BALL
7. COMBINATION
8. CONTROL GAME
9. RONDO WIN THE BALL
10.RONDO SHOOT ON SIGHT

OVERLOAD DECISIONS

11. 6V4 PLAY OUT
12. 7V4 CREATING SPACE
13. 6V3 COMBINATIONS
14. 5V2 PASS AND MOVE

15. 2V1/1V1 DECISIONS

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  1. 4 out of 5

    This season I have really enjoyed utilizing the Rondo drills to build team cohesion and trust in each other.

    I have players (high school team) together from multiple clubs and it is always a challenge to get them to gel together and develop team play.

    The use of fast paced, pass combination heavy Rondos has helped them begin to anticipate where and how their teammates will play a ball and provide support.

    - Neil Hall - USA

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    Dave Clarke is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, providing thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching. As well as being a skilled journalist and editor, Dave has excellent coaching credentials, having coached U9s - U16s at grassroots level for over 20 years. He holds a UEFA B license and is qualified in FA Youth Award modules 1, 2 and 3, as well as the Coerver Youth Diploma Module.
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