English coaches were given an insight into the methods that have propelled Spain to World and European success at this week’s FA Licensed Coaches’ Club conference.
300 UEFA B, A and Pro-Licence coaches watched Gines Melendez Sotos, Spanish FA Technical Director, deliver theory and practical sessions outlining the methods that have helped develop the likes of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata and Gerard Pique.
Sotos oversees Spain's successful U17 and U19 teams and the coach demonstrated the now famous ‘Rondo’ passing practice, which all Spanish side’s from U15 upwards use to begin a practice.
Playing in restricted spaces, players are forced to make quick decisions when passing and receiving. It is one of the many methods that have helped Xavi Hernandez et al develop their possession expertise.
The five time European Championship winner at youth level stressed that the Rondo practice is not used, as many believe, as a ‘fun’ practice but one in which tactical and technical outcomes can be achieved.
To hear the thoughts of Gines Melendez Sotos and views clips from The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club session watch the video in the player above.
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