Many young players may not be aware of what a corner kick is in soccer and it may confuse them at time during an actually game. So, I decided to write a quick article on this topic for new soccer players and those that would like to know more about this beautiful sport.
Depending on the age group and skill level of the team, a corner kick can be for coaches and players a key component of the game plan. For example, I really get into plays and strategies for corner kick. My teams have different secret names and signals that we try to incorporate during actual games.
My simple definition is: A corner kick is awarded to a soccer team when the ball crosses the end line of opponent’s side and the last person touching the ball was an opponent. Look at the following diagrams for some details.
Diagram – Visuals Always Help!
Important Concepts about Corner Kicks
- * There is no offside
- * The person taking the corner kick can score directly from a corner kick. In Spanish this is called “Gol Olimpico”
- * The person taking the corner kick should be aware of the flag (don’t let it be on your way!)
- * The person taking the corner kick should ask for distance if an opponent is too close
- * The person taking the corner kick cannot touch the ball after the ball is kicked/passed until another player touches it first.
Restarting the Game – How To
Usually a player crosses the ball to restart the game off a corner kick. Sometimes the player can simply pass it to a teammate that is close to him; this is known as “play short”. However, the ball is most likely crossed to create a better chance to score because most team would have at least 5 players “inside” the box ready to score, depending on the game’s situation.
Strategic Corner Kicks – Let’s Get Them!
Coaches spend hours in practice working on set plays that can be used in a game. They have different names, players have different starting formation/positioning, and the runs are also carefully practiced. The person taking the corner kick is also part of the set play; with hand signals, the teammates know what is going on without letting the opponent know about what’s coming.
Watch and Learn from the Pros
I would suggest to watch professional soccer games and study how teams execute their corner kicks. You will realize that there is a lot happening behind the scene. Share your observations and experiences below.
As I always recommend, learn from those that have made a different so become who they are right now. Professional players should be our role models on the field and we should try to imitate all the great skills that they possess. Watching games and copying their movements/runs during corner kicks can help us increase our chances of scoring off a corner kick. Make sure you share with your teammates what you have learned from the Pros.