Watch Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Dani Alves warm up by volleying the ball back and forth to one another. It seems to start out as just passing the ball back and forth as a warm up but then they're striking the ball back and forth in the air.
Messi and Alves rarely let the soccer ball even bounce on the ground as they control the ball with their chests or their thighs and juggle the ball a few times before volleying the ball back. And who said juggling the soccer ball doesn't help you in a real game? Need any more proof.
Update: And here's another video of Messi and Alves doing the same juggling/passing type warm up routine from thirty or forty yards away before their Champions League match versus Paris Saint Germain. Incidently, it was a Dani Alves volley like pass that led to the Messi's goal in the game.
And here are some of Messi's Barcelona teammates showing you how to keep the ball up in the air. Yes, juggling is an important aspect of soccer. If you can keep the ball up in the air you can surely keep control of the ball on the ground.
Juggling Skills: Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets
Once your soccer fitness and conditioning levels are high, don't forget to master the soccer ball and challenge yourself. Watch this amazing video of Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets juggle the soccer ball with both feet. If you can do this as with a few teammates then you're well on your way to becoming a great soccer player.
How long will they be able to keep jugging the ball in the air? And what about you and your soccer friends? Let's see how many times you and your teammates can juggle the soccer ball with both feet! Challenge yourself and your teammates to see how far apart you can get and still keep the ball in the air.