Since the inception of its Academy program in 2003, FC Frederick has supported a robust juggling program through which players can earn patches for achieving increasingly higher juggling scores using all body surfaces, feet-only, and head-only. It has been said that "not every great juggler is a great player, but every great player can juggle well." Here are two additional thoughts:
"If you're comfortable on the ball, it's because you grew up playing with the ball at your feet and you have confidence with the ball at your feet that you can do anything. I think juggling and dribbling and that kind of stuff helps your technique with passing and shooting and taking a pass and first touch in the right direction ... You can learn to juggle in so many different ways. You can do it with spin, inside of the foot, sole of the foot, top of the foot. ... I think juggling and dribbling, when you're younger, you can do that in the back yard. You can do that anywhere.... You go to Europe and see all these basketball courts, but they're not basketball courts. They're soccer courts, but they're concrete. You see all these kids dribbling and juggling and doing all these moves. If they're doing it on concrete, there's no excuse for kids who say I don't have a backyard. Well, you have a street, right? You can juggle anywhere." - Geoff Cameron, USMNT, MLS.
"As a kid you need to touch the ball as much as you can. You should always be with the ball. You should have a feeling that wherever the ball is, you can do anything with it. No matter where it is, where it is on your body, how it's spinning, how it's coming at you, the speed it's coming at you, anything. You can learn the tactical side of the game later. It's amazing to me that people put so much emphasis on trying to be tactical and worry about winning when it doesn't matter when you're 12 years old. We're going to have big, strong, fast players. We're Americans, we're athletes. But if we never learn at an early age to be good on the ball, then it just useless." - Landon Donovan, USMNT, MLS.