How to Juggle With the Foot or Thigh

Juggling isn’t only for the circus


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Juggling may be a circus trick, but in soccer, it’s fundamental.

Juggling is a great way to develop confidence — and competence — with the ball. And you don’t even need a field to do it, just a ball and a few square feet. 

Here’s how to start: Drop the ball from your hands to your thigh and catch it. Your knee should rise so the thigh is parallel to the ground — flat as a board — to bounce it back up to your hands. Now, try the same move with your foot. Drop the ball and try to tap it back up, making contact with the laces. 

Next is the whole juggling thing. Try bouncing the ball up twice in a row to get a rhythm, then catch it with your hands. Then keep adding touches to see how many you can do in a row. It may take a while to get the hang of it, but that’s why you practice! 

Coaches: Encourage younger players to try to juggle their age and challenge older players to try combinations like: Foot, thigh … back? Why not!

If your players can juggle your age? It’s time for a party.

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