Soccer Awareness and Barcelona 4 v 1 Rondo

The following comes from Soccer Awareness eBook "Developing Players with Rondos Using the Soccer Awareness Philosophy"

This 222 page eBook explores the use of rondos in youth soccer. Rondos are a great way to prepare players for the game situations and especially the fast decision making needed within the game. I have included as a way to work into these game situations many Rondo ideas that I feel are great foundation builders for players learning to combine and play together. I have stayed with simplistic ideas that all levels of players can try and be successful at. It is up to each coach to work out how to make it work for their players.

Though the foundation of the basic rondo stays the same; we explore different ways to present it. It can be made easier or more difficult based on the number of touches players are allowed, for example, so it benefits ALL players who practice with them; also the size of area they play within can be manipulated to change the challenge. Preview Here


This exercise is what the Barcelona thinking model of passing and movement is built on.

Players start at 7 years old and use it right thru the ages; and even at senior level it is a staple practice for the players.

Please read to understand the “attention to detail” required to do this correctly. It's not just a passing around the square game, it is so much more than this.

We build it up to make it work with real pace and accuracy; as again; it speeds up the mind and body in decision making. Unlimited touches to begin.

Area is 7 x 7 yard grid.

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Players move to the cones to receive the pass. Moving left to right the player must position so they receive the ball with the OUTSIDE / OPPOSITE / BACK foot. This opens their body position up to be able to either pass back or in a different direction very easily and very quickly because they are already balanced and ready. White players signifies their movement.

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It seems a very simple idea; and it is; but it is the attention to detail that is paramount in the learning process.

The Ball must be passed around the square not across it. Players adjust their position based on the ball.

They use the cones as positional points of reference.

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So pass and follow pass to the right and you receive with the right foot and pass with the left foot, pass to the left you receive with the left foot and pass with the right foot. You can also change direction.


3 v 1 SA Rondos Using Two Touches

3 v 1 Rondos Using Two Touches