EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Use Rondos to develop players

Players will develop their tactical support play as well as good technique to keep the ball from opponents helping to develop a team’s style

“Perfect passing, the fact that all their [Barcelona] players are comfortable on the ball, and their perfect technique. That must be a question of training, training and more training. Always with the ball”
– Lothar MatthÄus

Rondos develop players

The techniques worked on by rondo are passing, receiving and control. There is also the tactical element of where the defender is and where a player needs to pass the ball; the physical movement that fluctuates much like match pace; and the social side of the game where players are constantly talking and communicating between each other. So all in all, rondo is a winner.

Players love it and laugh and joke the whole time as they try to avoid going in the middle – but once they’ve made a mistake and have to take a turn, they work extra hard to get out again. But that’s the beauty of the game. Let’s also not underestimate the importance of the defenders learning to intercept or press players into making mistakes.

Technical development

You can use rondos to help with the development of support play and the use of overloads in possession play. The number of players in the centre changes the ease of winning the ball back and players need to recognise on the pitch when and where this is happening so they have the ball for longer.

Repetition

Remember the saying “Practice Makes Permanent” this is one of the benefits of repeating the use of rondos. The players learn good technique to keep the ball that becomes good habit and will be used to greater effect on the pitch. The great thing is that the repetition in rondos is not always from the same type of move.

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