Simple, but it requires a bounce per futebol between touches, maybe even two bounces between touches per foot.
We like using a Brasilian Futebol because it has a nice bounce to it.
Focus on the left foot controlling 1 futebol and the right foot controlling the other. Try to stay foot/ball specific if possible. Touches should be belt or hip high to give the futebol a chance to bounce adequately allowing the juggler a time to touch the other futebol. Try to allow only 1 bounce between touches. Ideally the juggler should establish a rhythm which is accomplished by juggling both balls at equal heights, allowing only 1 bounce between touches, which would translate into equal timing of bounce-touch and therefore a steady pace or cadence of footwork.
Sound impossible? I’ve seen it done, just takes focus, skill and practice.
First touch; receiving and or trapping a ball while in play. First touch is important in controlling a ball or gathering a loose ball. Developing this skill will buy time on the ball as well as speed up play and help players make better decision on the ball.
A great way to develop a first touch while training by yourself is by juggling.
Using a brasilian futebol (www.brasilianfutebol.com) will enhance touch andand eye-foot coordination. A good drill that works on “First Touch” is what we call ”Three touch and a knock”: While juggling a ball kick it 10 to 15 feet in the air, and with your “first touch” control the ball with one soft touch, trying to keep the ball below your waist, then use one to two touches to adjust and compose yourself and gain control of the ball, then knock it 10 to 15 feet in the air again. Repeat this process. Work on controlling the ball with your first touch after you have “knocked” it into the air, then use the other touches to manipulate the ball so you can “knock” it accurately into the air again. Progress to a three touch rotation (Knock -control- touch – knock -control- touch, repeat..) and then a two touch knock-control-knock, repeat) This exercise will help to develop “first touch”.
1v1, both players must have a ball and a big field to play on, preferably a full soccer field.
Player 1 rolls the ball into play, player 2 tries to hit player 1’s ball using proper passing skills.* As ball two passes ball 1, player 1 can then attempt to hit players 2 ball. Repeat. Play games to 10.
It is a great running and passing game as players can gain an advantage by running to their ball so they are able to attempt the to hit the other players ball as it passes by (if it misses) and or before it gets too far away.
Players work on hitting a moving target, gauging the path of the moving ball and trying to lead it into space just like leading a runner into open space. Passers must use proper pace to hit target and must make accurate passes which requires good technique.
*Proper passing skills include in inside of the foot pass, instep drive, outside of the foot pass.
Advanced Marbles: Players can only score by hitting a moving ball. Requires more running and more skillful passing. If a players ball comes to a stop it is proper to give a 10 to 15 yd push to give the opposing player a chance to score.
Juggling is a great way to develop the skills needed to compete in the game of soccer. Taking a team through skill exercises every practice is essential in order to reach new levels of play and to create a successful environment which allows them to grow as a team and accomplish the technical and tactical goals that are part of team play.
Being able to handle a ball confidently while under pressure or on the move adds a new dimension to team play.
Here is a suggestion for a team warm up which will promote skills, fitness, field awareness, touch and confidence with the ball.
Advanced Team Warm-up
Build a grid with cones that has 9 squares or boxes. Each square should be 5×5 to 8×8 yds.
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As a warm-up give each player a brasilian futebol and ask them to juggle in the grid.
Restrict them to 2 touches and one bounce in each square. Or 3 touches or 4 or no bounces. Whatever fits your team. Remember we are trying to make this success oriented while testing the envelope.
They cannot go back to the square they just came from or ask them to hit all nine squares in an allotted time. What ever it takes to accomplish movement with the ball.
The goal is to move with the ball, and/or make the ball do what it is they want or need the ball to do. They need to avoid other players in the box, move from grid to grid, keep the ball alive hopefully while juggling under control.
Ask for some artistry and creativity.
Execute a “sombrero” to change directions. A sombrero can be flipping, kicking or knocking a ball over your own head to change directions and go the other way, or it can be touching it over another players head, usually a defender, as they run by or at you, or as you run by them.
Maybe they could skip a square, chase the ball down, control it and move on.
Reciting poetry while juggling was always one of my favorites.
They can also work in pairs. One futebol per pair. 2 touches, one bounce per square. Cannot receive ball in the same grid twice.
Work in groups of three.
We like using the brasilian futebol in warm-ups and for skills because it adds another element of challenge and accelerates the skills develoment process.