Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development
The Brasilian Futebol offers 2 sizes, the Futebol (#10) and the Bambino (#8). The Futebol is a bit smaller than a size 3 soccer ball, 6 inches in diameter, but is well weighted to better approximate the touch and feel of a reg 5 soccer ball. The Bambino is smaller than the Futebol, 5 inches in diameter or about the size of a softball or grapefruit, and has a nice weight to it as well. Both have a lively bounce to them which requires players to develop a soft touch while focusing on and having to deal with a smaller ball.
Start with the Futebol for a warm-up, spending 10-20 minutes juggling individually or in small groups or 2 or 3. http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program. Then switch to the Bambino for 10 or 15 minutes. While the Bambino is only an inch smaller in diameter it requires considerably more focus and effort (mechanics, technique, dexterity) to track, control and manipulate this ball effectively. After playing with the Bambino switch back to the futebol and train with it for another 15-20 minutes. The Futebol will seem easy. We sometimes throw in the mini, which is about the size of a handball, and work our way down the ladder and back up. Once you have become comfortable and adept at playing with these smaller balls the Reg 5 game ball seems effortless.