Soccer Juggling training

Soccer training’s first topic is learning how to juggle. The work is mostly done at the start of the season, the resuming, or the preparation period. It needs to be maintained throughout the year in the said recovery time between exercises. All contact areas can be used depending on the age and level of the players.

Rehearsed regularly, it develops in the young soccer player skills of address, coordination, but also of balance. It is familiar thinking that 100-foot contacts and 50 head contacts allow evaluating a good juggling mastery.

In order for the exercises to not be disastrous, the educator or trainer must always animate, vary themes, and create a competition; By presenting short, rhythmic, and pleasant exercises, the young player will then be able to progress regularly while having a lot of fun.

"A good juggler is not necessarily a good footballer, but a good footballer is always a good juggler"

Drill-1:

  • Objectif: initiation to juggling (static).
  • Material: 1 ball per player.
  • Contact area(s): foot.
  • Setup: 1 rebound on the ground, 1 foot contact then hand. 1 rebound on the ground, 2 foot then hand contacts

Alternate right foot / left foot (the foot should be pointed and extended to make a flat surface).

Drill-2:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static).
  • Material: 1 ball per player.
  • Contact area(s): foot.
  • Setup: the player throws the ball with the hand and tries to achieve the maximum of successive contacts with the foot without touching the floor.

Alternate right foot / left foot (the foot should be pointed and extended to make a flat surface).

Drill-3:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot.
  • Setup: ball on the ground, the player lifts the ball with his foot and tries to reach a determined number of contacts goal (5,10,15…)

Drill-4:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot.
  • Setup: ball on the ground, the player lifts the ball with his foot and juggles by alternating right / left foot (1 contact per foot). Work in stages to reach 0 a (10, 20,30 …).
  • Variant: we can ask for 2 contacts per foot.

Drill-5:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot.
  • Setup: when the player easily and regularly reaches 50 foot contacts, he hits the ball every 5 contacts at head height and continues to juggle with the foot.

Drill-6:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot and thigh.
  • Setup: the player juggles right or left foot and alternates contact with the thigh of the same leg every 5 contacts. Set goals to be reached.

Drill-7:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot, thigh and head.
  • Setup: the player lifts the ball with the foot and alternates foot, head, thigh, foot. Set goals to be achieved. Also alternate right foot and left foot. You can combine right foot and left foot, and vice versa. Also offer 2 foot contacts, 2 thigh contacts. (always considering the player’s level and the success of the exercise).

Drill-8:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot, thigh, head and shoulder.
  • Setup: the player lifts the ball with the foot and alternates the right foot, right thigh, right shoulder, head, left shoulder, left thigh, left foot. Variant: Switch right with left and vice versa.

Drill-9:

  • Objective: initiation to juggling (static)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): All.
  • Setup: the player lifts the ball with his foot and juggles by varying the contact area at each contact (inside, outside, foot, thigh, chest, head…). Set goals.

Drill-10:

  • Objective: improving juggling (moving towards the goal)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot.
  • Setup: the player starts from the center circle by lifting the ball with the foot. When entering the penalty area, the player directs the ball towards the ground to shoot at the goal (right foot then left foot), the player can also hit a volley (ie the ball must not hit the ground)

Drill-11:

  • Objective: improving juggling (slalom and strike)
  • Material: 1 ball per player
  • Contact surface (s): foot.
  • Setup: the player starts from the central circle by juggling, slalom between blocks and strikes at the entrance of the penalty area (right foot then left). Variation: strike after an outside-foot control (right foot and left foot), inside of the other foot (right foot and left foot).

Drill-12:

  • Objective: improving juggling (2 attacking the goal)
  • Material: 1 ball per 2 players
  • Contact surface (s): foot, thigh, head and shoulder.
  • Setup: aerial exchanges between 2 players side by side after start from the central circle; At the entrance of the penalty area, volley strike towards goal. Impose contact surfaces and type of strike on goal.

Drill-13:

  • Objective: improving juggling (2 attacking the goal)
  • Material: 1 ball per 2 players
  • Contact surface (s): all.
  • Setup: Starting from the center circle, face to face, one advances and the other retreats towards the goal. At the entrance of the penalty area, the player volley shot towards the goal. Impose the contact surfaces and the type of strike at the goal.

Drill-14:

  • Objective: improving juggling with 3 players
  • Material: 1 ball per 3 players
  • Contact surface (s): all.
  • Setup: a player juggles with a partner at 10 to 15 meters away, brings him the ball and takes his place. Impose contact surfaces.

Drill-15:

  • Objective: improving juggling (game)
  • Material: 1 ball, 2 cones or blocks, 1 net or 1 rope
  • Contact surface (s): all.
  • Setup: on a field of 15 to 20 meters, 2 teams compete in a tennis-ball match.

Rules: + contact surface(s) used

  • number of rebounds allowed
  • number of touches per player
  • minimum and maximum number of passes per team

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