Set-pieces are hard to execute when you play an amateur league and have very little time to train. But, you must have a couple of simple plays under your sleeve to take advantage of free kicks and corner kicks. This post describes a simple attacking corner kick set-piece that works well at amateur and professional level.
At the professional level, you often see complex corner kick routines. Players cross the path of other teammates to confuse defenders, a player rushes from nowhere to receive a short kick, the ball goes to the near post for a player to flick it back … These plays need a lot of practice, something that is very hard to achieve in a Sundays’ league team. The set-piece in this post is very simple, each player has an assigned zone to start and a zone to run into. Following the picture below, these are the roles of each player:
This corner kick set-piece works very well because where everyone knows their role and lets the kicker make last-minute decisions. The kicker can also use hand signals to show where he is kicking. However, in amateur football, using signals may complicate things, it is easier to let people run into zones regardless if the ball is going in that direction. The only exception is if the kicker decides a short pass. In this situation, players need to be called and to rush closer to the kicker.
Corner kicks are a great opportunity to score, but they can leave the team open to a counterattack. Players may really commit to shoot at goal or clear the ball. It is a no-no to lose the ball and be exposed to counterattack because a player tried to dribble through players or took too long to make a decision with the ball. When the ball is in your control, the play has to finish right there in either a goal, another corner kick or a goal kick.