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Defensive Juggling

A great variation on general juggling for a defender is high waist juggling.  In this drill you are looking to make contact with the ball at waist level, make solid contact, and strike the ball to a few feet above the head, and repeat. The ball should have as little spin as possible.  It is important to alternate feet.

This is an excellent drill as defenders are often found trying to volley or clear a bouncing ball during the game. This drill is used to improve balance, foot-eye coordination, as well as hamstring flexibility. In my career, I have seen many defenders injure their hamstrings while attempting to clear a bouncing ball. And I frequently use this drill as a great way for my athletes to adapt to the stresses of soccer.

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