How to Juggle a Soccer Ball for Beginners

Juggling is a great skill for soccer games because it improves your touch with the ball. Read on to learn basic juggling in 8 easy steps, and some tips which will help to improve your games.


  1. 1
    Start with the ball in your hands. Throw the ball upwards instead of just letting it fall, this way you have more time to get your foot into position.
  2. 2
    Let the ball drop low. Don't hit the ball too high; you want to hit the ball about 10–20 centimeter (3.9–7.9 in) off the ground for best control.
  3. 3
    Lock your ankle, keep it firm. If your ankle is loose like jello the ball won't bounce back up.
  4. 4
    Curl your ankle upwards towards your chin. If you didn't curl your ankle, the ball will bounce in the wrong direction.
  5. 5
    Hit the ball with your laces. Don't hit the ball with any part of your foot except your laces, or the ball will bounce in the wrong direction.
  6. 6
    Make sure that the ball has backspin so it will go back towards your body and not just fly away.
  7. 7
    Keep your juggling foot in front of you while juggling, if you move it to the ground or back to your body you'll lose control of the ball.
  8. 8
    Keep your eyes on the ball, maintain your focus. This will help you more than any other step.


  • Keep at it. This is a skill that may take time to learn but it'll be worth it.
  • Do this training for 10 or 15 minutes daily.
  • Train with both feet so you have equal skills with both feet.
  • Try to stay relaxed and have fun!


  • Do this training in a field or a park with a soft ground, just in case you fall while you're juggling.

Things You'll Need

  • Football boots
  • A place to train in
  • A football

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