5 Ways to Score More Goals from Corner Kicks
Set pieces are a very important part of the game at every level, and the chance to pick your pass, and deliver a ball into the 18-yard box without pressure from an opponent is great opportunity for your team to create clear scoring opportunities.
Here are five ways to help your team score more goals from corner kicks.
1. Deliver a Driven Ball
Your kick-taker should deliver a ball with pace and whip so that the attackers in the box can get on the end of it and redirect the ball on target by utilizing the speed already imparted on the ball, a driven ball allows this, whereas a looping, floated ball forces your teammates to generate all the power for the shot from their neck and core muscles.
Swinging in a driven ball is also much harder to defend, and puts your opponents in awkward situations that can lead to goals, so make sure your kick-taker has the proper technique and ability to zing it into the box.
2. Vary The Angle and Spin
It is important that the angle and spin of your set piece delivery from corners is varied and unpredictable.
Hit in-swingers that bend towards the opposition goalie, then try hitting some from the other side, out-swingers, that bend away and potentially pull the goalkeeper out of position. Hit balls with pace to the back post, then try hitting some to near post-runners, incorporate a short-corner routine.
The more you can vary the delivery of your set pieces, the harder it is for opposition defenders to figure out your pattern of play and routines for corner kicks.
3. Set Picks
It might come as somewhat of a surprise to those new to the game, but setting picks for your teammates is a great way to get players free in the box and happens more often then you'd think or casually observe.
Setting picks requires subtle contact with your opponents, and/or inhibiting their ability to cover someone, it's very similar to the actions taken in basketball, but less overtly, and will allow your teammates to find freedom in the box to finish.
4. Build a Head of Steam
Too many players stand stagnant during corners, posted up inside the six-yard box, waiting for the ball to drop on their head and dink into the net, thereby muting any chance of momentum and advantage that can be gained by running towards goal.
Start from the top of the box, and attack the goal with a supercharged head of steam that ensures you are proactive and efficient in your body movements as you prepare to rise and attack the ball in the air.
5. Diversify Your Runs
As discussed above, mixing up the delivery of the ball into the box is critical, and just as importantly, your team needs to diversify the runs made into the box to attack the ball.
Dedicate and clearly determine which players will make runs to the near and far post, the penalty spot, send a runner short to draw a defender out of the box to create potential overloads, etc..
The more interesting and varied the runs, the harder they are to mark and track.