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How To Score From Corner Kicks

The best way to improve your corner kick to goal ratio is to practice taking corner kicks on a regular basis during the course of your season. Make sure every player on your team feels comfortable taking a corner. Below are some tips to improve your player’s corner kick technique.

Taking a Corner Kick

  • Show your players how to place the ball properly on the corner arc so they are able to effectively strike the ball without the corner flag getting in the way.
  • Approach the ball at a slight angle.
  • Focus on the lower part of the ball.
  • Plant foot should land directly beside the ball.
  • Contacting the ball with the inside or outside of the foot will create inswing or outswing which is valuable as players get older and more skilled. For most players U-14 or younger, just make sure they are making good contact and getting under the ball.
  • Follow through with eyes still looking where the ball was.
  • Show your players to make sure the corner kick is high enough off the ground to clear the first defender
  • Don’t aim the ball to close to the goalkeeper.
  • An ideal corner kick should land about 10 yards in front of the goal line, almost dead centre of the goal. A yard or two towards the corner kicker, away from the centre, results in the best scoring opportunity.

Receiving a Corner Kick

  • Assign one player to stand directly in front of the goalkeeper. This is legal and makes it more difficult for the keeper to make a play on the ball.
  • Assign one player to be your short kick player. If this player is not covered by the defense this is a good option.
  • Assign at least one player to hang back and be your safety. If your corner kick is defended properly this can result in a quick transition up the field towards your own goal.
  • Assign the remainder of your players to be spaced evenly throughout the penalty area.
  • Make sure your players know how to properly head the ball, but teach them how to control and/or strike the ball using foot, chest, thigh, etc. as well.

Short Kick Strategy-Set Playby David Huddleston

This is a fun set play to try for your U-10 and up players. Have your short kick player stand about one foot in front of the corner kicker’s ball with his/her legs apart facing towards the goal area. The "Kicker" taps the ball softly thru the "Receivers" legs and the Receiver (who is now the "First Attacker") dribbles along the end line toward the goal with the Kicker running beside him (about 5 steps away) as the "Second Attacker". Tell the "Receiver" to try to penetrate at least halfway to the goal (this will force the Defenders to turn toward the ball & some will "ball watch" & start to move toward the "Receiver", which will reduce the number of Defenders in front of the goal and make it easier to score if the "Receiver" can center the ball to the goal front) and then pass or chip the ball to the front of the goal where his teammates are waiting for the cross (unless your team is good at headers, the preference should be a pass on the ground). If he gets stopped, he can pass to the "Kicker" (who is the Second Attacker), who then passes or chips the ball to the goal front (or shoots if he has a clear shot). If an opponent steals the ball, the Receiver and Kicker should aggressively double-team to try to win it back.