Gaining the skill of juggling a soccer ball has its benefits. While you don’t usually use juggling a lot during a soccer match, learning the juggling skill is very beneficial to improve your ball handling skills, to feel more confident with the ball and much more.
A question that comes to the mind of any person who is trying to learn anything new is how much will it take to learn the new skill. So naturally, you might ask the following:
How much will it take you to learn juggling?
Learning how to juggle the ball in an impressive way shouldn’t take you more than a month if you dedicate enough time to practice the skill everyday. If you are old enough, and your goal is to be able to juggle the ball at least 100 times, then one month is a reasonable time.
You might also be able to achieve 100 juggles in less than a month if you have played soccer before or if you already have some experience when it comes to ball control.
It is worth noting that how fast you can learn juggling like a pro depends on many factors. The following are some factors that might play a huge role in how fast you’ll be able to learn juggling the ball more than a 100 times.
1- Age can affect how fast you can learn juggling a soccer ball
If a kid is interested in playing soccer and wants to learn how to juggle the ball, then it will most probably require more time and effort for them to learn juggling than a teenager or an adult.
Juggling requires a good physical effort which kids might not be able to consistently provide.
Juggling requires a lot of consistency and focus. One single mistake while you’re juggling and the ball will touch the ground causing you to lose your streak.
I am not saying that kids will not be able to juggle the ball. What I am saying is that it might take them more time to learn juggling the ball 100 times than it might take an adult and this is completely normal.
2- Practice time decides how fast you will be able to learn juggling.
This is a very obvious factor that affects how long it will take you to learn juggling. However, I wanted to write it down just to clear up a misconception about practice time.
Longer practice periods does not mean that you will learn juggling faster. If you think that by practicing continuously for an hour long, you’ll be able to learn faster than a person who is dividing their practice time into smaller practice sessions, then you’re wrong.
The following study discovered that shorter training sessions had an advantage over longer ones. In other words, the longer your training session is, the less effective it will be.
For that reason, if you are planning to practice for half an hour each day, then it’s much better if you divide this half an hour into 3 10-minutes long training sessions instead of practicing for 30 minutes continuously.
This way, you will be able to learn more using the same amount of time.
3- Efficiency when practicing juggling will affect your learning curve.
You want to be as much efficient as possible when taking time to learn juggling. For example, if you over practice a single skill during your training session, you’ll not have enough time for other skills.
This will decrease your practice efficiency and will reduce your chances of learning juggling very quickly.
For example. If you have been training on how to juggle with your feet for 6 minutes, and you feel tired of using your feet to juggle, then you can switch to jugging with your knee or your shoulder.
This way, not only will you be resting your feet, but also you’re using the time left in order to practice juggling with another part of your body instead of just forcing yourself to practice with the body part that has already had its fair share of the practice time.
I’ll end the article here. Here’s a summary of what you have just read.
You are perfectly capable of learning how to juggle the ball more than a hundred times in less than a month if you are old enough, if you are dividing your practice time, and if you are using your time efficiently.
Best of luck during your next juggling training session.