Here is one to add to your repertoire. Juggling with the bottom of your foot; tap dancing, toe tapping,, not sure what to call this. Using the bottom of your foot, the soul of your shoe, instead of keeping the futebol in the air trying dribbling it like basketball players dribbles a basketball, use the soul of your shoe to bounce it off the ground. This is best executed on a hard, flat surface like a tennis court, gym floor or cement driveway.
Begin by letting the ball bounce about 8 to 12 inches high, slightly in front of you. As the futebol is bouncing get your foot over the ball as it touches the ground and is beginning to rise. As it is rising use the bottom of your foot to push or slap it back down to the ground. It is easiest to use the ball of your foot to start. You will need to let it bounce twice after forcing it or slapping it to the ground before you can attempt the next touch. It is best to alternate feet for timing sake and rhythm.
It will take time to find the timing and rhythm of this exercise, but it is a wonderful way to develop timing, touch, rhythm, quick feet and maybe a new move or two.
Once you have it down try using your heal and the outside of your foot. If you let the ball bounce behind you try using your laces to propel the ball to the ground (like you are kicking it into the ground with the ball behind you). A teammate of mine used to do this as a move to get past defenders; he would slap the ball hard into the ground as it was slightly behind him and bounce it over his shoulder while running past the defender….yup, it’s true.
Being comfortable on the ball is what enables players to deal with the many and various situations that happen in games. This is a different and unique way to develop skill and kinetic awareness. Besides that, it’s fun.