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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
Receiving a Corner Kick
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.