Corner Kick, Get the Big Boys Up!

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A Corner Kick can be a teams most dangerous weapon. For two reasons, firstly if you have a player that can serve a great ball into the danger areas of the opponents box creating havoc. Also if you have tall imposing players on your side that can get up and meet the ball in the air.

Service is everything here, just like in volleyball there is no spike without a great set. Driving a ball in with pace and timed runs can make this set piece more than a handful for the defence to handle.

A Corner is given when the defending team plays the ball across their own end line out of bounds. The ball is then placed in the corner of the pitch where it is then served into the box for players to attack it. Trick corners and short corners also can be used here but the most widely used corner is point A (the corner) to point B (the box). Now get Vidic and Rio up there to put your side on the score sheet.

What's the Most Important Thing for A Successful Corner Kick?

Service. Service. SERVICE!! The single most important thing for an effective scoring opportunity off of a corner is the service. No matter how tall your players are or how great they are at finishing, without quality distribution from this set piece it all means nothing. If it's a looping ball, driven, on the ground or bending in or away from the keeper is up to you but the quality must be there or you'll get nothing but a counter and a laugh from it.

Do Pro Teams Use Short Corners? And Do They Work?

In case you can't read a short corner is when you play a short pass to a teammate right next to you and take it from there. You can play an overlap, give and go or even serve it from a better angle. Professional sides do frequently use short corners allowing to penetrate a defence down the line, serve from a closer angle or even take a strike on goal if the pass leading up to it is just right. They do tend to work (depends what your definition of work is) and allow the team to get into a more dangerous serving and overall scoring opportunity.

Do Pro Teams Score Lots of Goals off of Corners?

I don't know about lots of goals but it is most definitely an attacking threat that no opposing team takes likely. Teams that may lack technical ability or the ability to create their own goal from the run of play can use this and other set pieces to compensate for their lack of offence.

Can You Score Directly From a Corner Kick?

According to rule, of course. I've had teammates who have scored directly off of a corner without touching anybody and going straight in. You'll obviously need to put a bend on the ball for it to go in and you'll need some luck or a keeper that's out of his mind but absolutely it has and can be done. You may need some luck too but to be great at anything in soccer you need a little good fortune.

Who Should Line Up to Head the Ball? Attackers or Defenders?

All depends really on who your teams best headers of the ball are. It's not necessarily position specific who goes and who stays. Generally the best head ball winners on any team or the centre backs (the reason they play the position) so they generally like to go forward and challenge for the ball.

Things to Remember about taking a Corner Kick:

-Service is everything, make sure you hit the ball from this set piece with power

-Don't get in too early if your attacking the ball, time your run and know the best time to meet the ball

-Over 70% of all corners are scored near post so make sure to have runs to facilitate this

-Keep the ball away from the keeper, the best way to do this is to hit it with pace between the pk spot and top of the six yard box making it difficult for the keeper to reach it

-Most teams put a player defending the short near post so make sure to get it over that player

-Trust your teammates runs and do your job.

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