Barcelona's Training Method for Keeping Ball Possesion
Rondo, also commonly known as 6v3, 5v2, 4v1, monkey in the middle, etc. the names are endless, but the principles of the activity are the same no matter what you call it: a numerical advantage for attackers in a defined grid that are trying to work on creating supporting angles to receive, find splits, and keep possession, while defenders try to take the ball.
Rondo is synonymous with FC Barcelona, but all the best teams in the world utilize this training method with their players to be able to keep the ball in tight spaces under intense pressure.
Here are five reasons why playing rondo in practice will make your team mentally strong in possession.
1. Learn to Keep the Ball in Tight Spaces
Playing rondo each practice is a great way for your squad to learn how to be mentally tough enough to keep the ball in tight spaces, it teaches players to make decisions at a fast pace, with the unwanted consequence of being forced to defend if you lose the ball.
It is therefore critical that you consider starting your training sessions with a rondo warm-up, it gets players loose, ready to use the ball properly, and fired up for the rest of your practice.
2. Reinforce Creating Angles
Every game of rondo teaches new things about the game, one of the most important being the need for players to slide and create supporting angles to receive the ball.
The fast speed of play that rondo incurs, if done right, with a touch limit and quick restarts, requires movement off the ball in order to maintain possession. This invaluable training tool is one of the most important ways to build the cognition needed to be a possession-oriented team.
3. Find the Splits
Rondo forces players to look and set teammates up for splits, a pass that splits between two defenders, or breaks a line of defenders. These types of passes that take multiple opponents out of the game with one kick of the ball are something every team needs to cultivate.
Playing passes that can eliminate multiple defenders is the hallmark of a solid competitive player, and will help give you the mental edge when it comes to recognizing what kind of pass to play.
4. Funnel Your Opponents
If you're playing rondo, and your touch lets you down, it means you have to become a defender, and if you don't know how to funnel your opponents, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of a rondo hole for what seems like an eternity.
Don't run around like a chicken with your head cut off, become mentally tough, and learn to funnel your opponents into your covering defender, or into a corner of the grid where they can't escape.
5. Build Camaraderie
There aren't many players that can refuse a good rondo session, in fact, playing rondo is the drill/practice session of choice for most players.
There's nothing quite as fun as a good game of rondo, you get to express yourself with flair touches, see how long you can go without getting caught in possession, and experience the joy and laughter a quality nutmeg can bring to the group.
Rondo is great for building mentally strong players that can keep the ball in tight spaces, so start playing today!