3 Tips to Score More On Corner Kicks
Corner kicks offer soccer teams unique, all-important scoring opportunities.
In fact, it can be argued that executing on free kicks can be one of the most important factors in deciding a soccer game. The best professional teams have multiple strategies on corner kicks so they can put the ball in the back of the net more often.
From short passes to far post opportunities or delayed runs and crashing the net -- there is a golden opportunity for teams to take advantage of.
With these three easy tips, you and your team can start scoring more goals.
1. The Kick
What do all these playmakers have in common? They're all phenomenal passers that take the role of corner kick takers for their teams. The player needs to deliver accurate passes through the air and, ideally, be able to put it wherever they want.
The kicker’s job is to play a pass that does a few things. Firstly, the pass should cause the goalkeeper to hesitate. It should be aimed at a place where the goalie can’t decide whether he should try to catch the ball or stay on the goal line. Secondly, a corner should be put where nobody else can get to it but the target. I
naccurate corners can lead to counter-attacks, easy clearances, and frustration.
2. Positioning and Runs
In order to make the most of the opportunities, offensive players use positioning and runs to their advantage. Teams often send tall defenders into the box on corners to provide an even larger target. When teams must pay extra attention to large players, it may leave other threats unmarked.
Crowding the box is an often used strategy that creates chaos. The more danger and distraction there is around a keeper, the more likely it is for a goal to slip by. The less visibility for a keeper, the better changes the offensive team has. Just kicking the corner doesn't promise success, however, and that will almost always be determined by the quality of runs by the offensive side. Teams will often send a player to the near post, far post, and towards the keeper to clean up rebounds from the aforementioned chaos.
Teams find success when they leave two players or so without runs at the top of the box. This way, they can keep possession in the offensive third and reduce the opportunity of a counter-attack from the defensive side.
3. Be Creative
Remember, there's no set rules for a corner, so be creative and confuse the defense!
If a team is truly committed towards positive results on a corner, they won't take the creative opportunity lightly! Additionally, the situation will call for different strategies; but make sure to change it up with short and long crosses, mixed with delayed runs!
Once you're able to get a team frantically defending on their toes, it's all just a matter of time until you breakthrough.