1/ To begin, drop the ball and try and kick it up with the middle of the top of your best foot. Try and kick it straight up into the air and catch it. Do it again and again until it’s easy. Try to get used to not kicking the ball too high into the air. It’s all about control.
2/ When you're comfortable with this, try kicking the ball in the air a couple of times without catching it. Watch the ball down on to the foot you kicked it with. Focus on the ball. Monitor your progress. Practice every day. The more you do it the easier you’ll find it to keep yourself focused. There is no magic formula to improving at keepy uppies, it’s just a case of putting the hours in.
3/ A good way to improve quickly is to start off practicing with a small ball, as it will make doing keepy uppies with a big ball much easier. When you've got a good touch on the ball, keepy uppies will come naturally.
4/ Once you’re good with your preferred foot, try doing some on the other foot. When it seems easy, try alternating the foot you kick the ball with.
5/ When you’ve mastered that, try doing combinations like kicking the ball, then heading it, then balancing it on your knee. Ultimately, keepy uppies require practice, patience, balance and concentration. But if you put the effort in, you’ll reap the rewards and you’ll find your touch is greatly improved when playing in competitive matches.