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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

MAYSA Juggling Club

Not all good jugglers are good soccer players – BUT all good players are good jugglers with confident command of the ball.  Juggling is the art & ability of keeping the soccer ball in the air by bouncing it off your foot, thigh, head, chest, back and shoulder (no hands allowed). Juggling will strengthen a player’s overall ball control and game.  

 The MAYSA Juggling Club is intended to encourage a fun way for players to become more technical (fundamentally sound).  It will also encourage them to use their soccer ball on a more consistent basis. Juggling is a very useful tool in helping players to “own” the ball.  

Daily juggling at home is best.  Work on all surfaces of your body until you are comfortable using any body part to control the ball.  Your touches will increase as you practice and have fun. You can juggle any time you want, it just takes you, a ball and a little space.  Challenge yourself and keep track of your personal best. 

Here is how to “join” the MAYSA Juggling Club and earn a medal:

  • A parent or coach must observe the achievement.  Make sure the ball is properly inflated.  

    • Under 7-9 = 12 touches

    • Under 10-12 = 25 touches

    • Under 13-17 = 100 touches

  • Ball must be kept in the air for consecutive touches.  Player returns to zero if ball hits the ground

  • U7-U10 may start with their hands, 1st touch must be with the foot, & all body parts count as a point.

  • U11-U17 must use feet to pick up the ball. Touches with the feet count toward the total number of juggles. All other body parts can be used but they do not count toward the total number of juggles. For example: foot, foot, thigh, head, foot, counts as 3 juggles.

  • Once you have achieved your goal please send an email to clay@maysa.org and we will send a medal to you and place your name on our MAYSA Juggling Club board (includes first name, last initial, date achieved, age group and club).  

Learning Resources for Juggling

Juggling a Soccer Ball for Beginners

Video Tutorial showing importance of juggling in soccer and how beginners can get started with this important skill.

How to Juggle a Soccer Ball - Tutorial for Beginners Pt 1

Learn how to juggle a soccer ball from professional player Mark Lavery. He will give you a step-by-step path to follow.

How to Juggle a Soccer Ball - Tutorial for Beginners Pt 2

Learn how to juggle a soccer ball from professional player Mark Lavery. Second video in the series.

How to Juggle a Soccer Ball - Tutorial for Beginners Pt 3

Learn how to juggle a soccer ball from professional player Mark Lavery. Third video in a the series.