My name is Jack. I am 9 years old and I love to play soccer. My favorite player is Lionel Messi. When I grow up I want to be a professional soccer player.
This Winter, I started a project where I record myself playing soccer - with just a ball and a wall. Don't get me wrong, I love to play soccer with my friends, my family, and with my soccer club, but I also love to just find a wall and knock the ball around. I can find a wall anywhere - inside a gym, the side of a building, even the bottom of my couch!
By using just a ball and a wall, I can pretty much play soccer anywhere and practice pretty much every technical part of soccer - passing, receiving, shooting, etc. The wall gives me instant feedback and really helps me with my touch.
I've posted some videos of me using various walls. I hope I can encourage others to take out their ball, find a wall, and enjoy the beautiful game of soccer!
This is me at the YWCA using the wall on a basketball court.
This is me in my living room using my couch as a wall! It's been really cold and snowy. The couch and a size one ball makes me really concentrate because the space is tight, the ball is smaller, and it comes off the couch different almost everytime.
This is me in my garage. I'm pretty lucky to have a garage that I can use. There is a foot of snow outside!
This is me back at the YWCA. I spent about 90 minutes inside the racketball court. It is a great place to play soccer! I don't work on finishing too often, but did spend a little time at the end bringing the ball out of the air and getting my shot off. By looking at the video I noticed sometimes I was taking an extra touch or two before getting my shot off. Next time I do this I would like to try to use one touch to bring the ball down and the next touch as my shot!
The wind was blowing up to 30 mph today, so this is me back at the YWCA again! I spent about 2 hours inside the racketball court. I spent a lot of time just knocking the ball around. I did focus on a few things that you will see in the video like one touch passing with both feet. I tried to keep a consistent pace and stay within a specific area. I did probably 10 sets of 25 passes with each foot. I also worked on trying to get the ball up in the air on the wall and use the inside of my feet to keep it up. Although it doesn't involve a wall, I usually juggle some each day. Today I worked on alternating feet like 1, 1; 2, 2; 3, 3; 4, 4, etc. I got up to 13 on each foot.
I was supposed to have my first match of the Spring, but it was cancelled because the fields are in bad shape. So, I was back at the YWCA again! I spent about 2 hours inside the racketball court. I really try to use both my left and right foot the same amount of time - I'm pretty comfortable using either foot and by practicing equally, I don't have to favor my left foot if my right foot is what I should be using.
I finally got outside. There is a school near me that has a great brick wall and a blacktop. I spent a long time using a specific brick as my target and just passing the ball at the target with both feet. I also spent a lot of time trying to drive the ball with distance to the same brick - I used both feet for this as well. The great thing about using a wall is each pass or shot into the wall turns into me working on receiving the ball too!
Last year, I had a different project where I juggled for at least 15 minutes a day and tracked my highest number of juggles in a row each day. I reached over 2,200 juggles in a row with my feet!. Take a look at my Juggle Journal.
If you have any questions, please email my dad.