Watch: U.S. men's national team's rapid passing exercise

This 3-minute glimpse into a U.S. men's national team practice from training camp in Bradenton, Florida, shows players competing in the "Villarreal 10v3" possession exercise.

7 comments about "Watch: U.S. men's national team's rapid passing exercise".
  1. R2 Dad, January 23, 2021 at 11:29 p.m.

    This is a bunch of guys who never rondo properly, with lots of headless chicken defending. I guess we have to start somewhere.

  2. Bill Dooley, January 24, 2021 at 8:33 a.m.

    Favorite principle - particularly true at the youth level: "If it's not working, the space is too small." Open it up, then gradually work it back down.

  3. William Allen, January 24, 2021 at 12:14 p.m.

    Not exactly the Bayern Munich rondo I am used to watching

  4. Frederick Coons, January 24, 2021 at 6:10 p.m.

    I am guessing that this is not the only version of rondo that the team performs and is just an iteration that adds a complication to stress a different aspect of the game.  This one's intent is to put the offensive players under high pressure, so the defenders do close on the ball aggressively but they can still do so using team defending concepts. The objecitve is not to make it easy for the offensive players to complete the successive passes so that fact they are not always successful is not a sign of a poorly designed/run drill.

  5. Bob Ashpole, January 26, 2021 at 12:38 a.m.

    In this 10 v 3, it could be a defensive exercise about forwards pressing. The objective would be to use the defenders to isolate the opponent with the ball, gaining numerical superiority locally.

    But I am just trying to rationalize this mess with 20/20 hindsight. The coach made it plain that it was a offensive 1 touch passing exercise. No priority was given to where the passes went, so it wasn't about breaking lines.

  6. frank schoon, January 27, 2021 at 10:05 a.m.

    Rondo ,at least this version, as so many coaches employ becomes a brainless exercise marked by quick ,fast passing, with players barely having time to react, without forethought, in other words a  'Reactionary' drill, which serves no purpose.

    Actually ,this drill, is butchered by coaches ,who don't know any better, but only because they watched a pro-team do it. It reminds me of how the coaches 'butchered' soccer by trying to copy the training methods of Rinus Michels. They noticed Michels didn't practice hardly any technical drills but lots of running, and athleticism and tempo training. The coaches, the coaching academy all following Michels recipe actually ruined the technical part of soccer to this day. These coaches, overlooked the most important aspect and didn't asked,' WHY DIDN'T MICHELS EMPHASIZE TECHNIQUE' in his practices? Well, Eazy Peazy, Michel's had nothing but GREAT technical players, some of the best in the world, like Johan Cruyff, and many more. So why would you spend time on technique. These coaches totally OVERLOOKED this aspect of having good technical players as a basis, FIRST, before you begin anything. They skipped this part and began to emphasize the physical aspect.....and now you know the rest of the story WHY soccer has become so physical and athletic.

    This type of Rondo drill, runs counter to anything to any of the principals that are required to play good soccer. I remember when Guardiola with Barcelona came to America and did this fast passing drill as a pre-game warmup drill. And wouldn't you know, how many coaches, in the upper levels of the youth  copied this drill, saying 'we gotta learn to play ,'Tiki-Taka', like Barcelona. I'm shaking my head, for these are all licensed who basically are clueless. The first thing these coaches don't understand is 'Tiki-Taka' has nothing to do with passing but POSSESSION....Similarly ,they are doing it wrong like those previous bunch of coaches who copied or tried to copy Rinus Michel's methods of training. Coaches have one major problem when it comes to copying....It is similar to fully trying to describe an elephant while blindfolded by holding it's tail...
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  7. frank schoon, January 27, 2021 at 10:54 a.m.

    As so many coaches copy these 'meaningless' exercises, none or very few can perform them themselves, because it is 'above their paygrade' ,putting it nicely.... As a coach and trainer, myself, I follow one rule ,I don't teach anything that I can't do myself. And if I can't , I will work on it myself and this is why I always had about 20balls in the back of my trunk. You break down the exercise and then practice the various aspects, for no players is good in every aspect of soccer. When you allow players to do an exercise, and you can't do it yourself, then your doing a disservice to those players. A coach needs to be able detect or see what a player did wrong at that moment, as far as his position, his stance to receive the ball in relation to passing to the next station, the velocity, where the opponents are positioned and MOST IMPORTANTLY , the specific technique employed which is best as related to giving his teammate at the next station more time. This is ONE major problem, many are not capable of teaching this or transferring this knowledge to the players....

    A tip for coaches, who have a player, who is good, but he has this cocky, know-it-all attitude and needs to be brought a step is to do an exercise that this has difficulty with...This is what Cruyff did to Van Basten when he coached Ajax...this shut him up real fast.....

    Van Hanegem, Holland's second great player, and soccer mind, behind Cruyff, stated not too long ago, that this pariticular drill of Rondo of fast passing, without thinking and moving off the ball, and without taking into account the 3rd man moving off the ball is TOTALLY USELESS. just look at this drill and speed of play, is in no way reflected even in the highest level of soccer, instead more the opposite.

    Van Hanegem's choice of Rondo as well as Cruyff's who states that if you can play this game you can play soccer for it has so many of the secrets and principals of the game which is 4v2 , played in a small rectangle. One of the secrets is that whichever team has ball possession that team outnumbers the opponent 4v2. If anyone is interest how this exercise is played,let me know. Also I would recommend to watch Youtube ,Pele's Pepsi-Cola, remember.

    Pele: The Master & His Method, Soccer Training Program - YouTube

    Watch in the passing drill, specifically, at 57min41sec ; and 58min 9sec., this type of passing or many other ones, you don't see today, for it is too advanced but it can be taught. I WOULD RECOMMEND WATCHING THIS PARTICULAR VIDEO, this is still the best on soccer for coaches. This particular Pepsi video on Pele is uncut as some other ones on Youtube....Put this in your favorites...

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