Decisions, decisions, decisions… drilling the FC Barcelona way

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We don’t do drills on cones because I beat the cone every time. – Xavi Closas, FC Barcelona Lassa B

Decision making is found in every FC Barcelona drill. Practicing scissors on a defenseless cone isn’t in the curriculum. Since futsal requires decision making of the highest quality, it is factored into every exercise. From ball mastery to passing patterns to rotations, decision making is front and center. A fast mind equals fast feet, so the focus on forcing players to solve problems is relentless. On the surface futsal resembles soccer, however, at its tactical best futsal is basketball with the feet. Like basketball, futsal requires lightning quick thinking on where and when to pass, dribble or shoot, and all with a defender in your face. So cones have their place, but just not as training partners.

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