Our spider’s web can be increased to include another four groups, if you put another group into each of the gaps in the central area of the drill. However, it’s already very crowded in the middle, and the tricky dribbling paths mean that players are always running around each other. The larger you make the playing field, the more endurance your players will require. A smaller playing field makes the drill more difficult in that it requires more skilful technique.
In the central area of the exercise, we have set up four cone markers in a diamond shape. The corners of the diamond are each extended with two cone markers and a starting marker. Another cone marker has been laid down to the left of the starting marker; this marks the point which the players will be running around.
The players dribble parallel to the first pair of cone markers. After passing them, they switch sides in the centre and turn at the last cone marker. They then go back to the first set of cone markers, switch sides again in the centre and return to their starting point. There, they dribble round the turning point on the right-hand side, and proceed to the next starting point in a clockwise direction. The exercise continues in this way.
- Reduce the distance between the dribbling players
- Expand to include more groups
- Smaller groups increase the effectiveness of the exercise, but they also increase the strain on the players.
Category: Advanced training, kids training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 16
Materials required: Each player has a ball, 8 small ground markers, 8 pylones
Field size: According to group’s ability