Amateur football teams often don’t practise set-pieces. However, your team must master corner kicks to be successful in a tournament. This post details a simple corner kick drill that is proven to be effective to score goals.
At the professional level, it is pretty challenging to score a goal from a corner kick. A study shows that 6% to 10% of corner kicks result in goals. Unfortunately, there are no statistics for amateur football, but we can assume that the percentage of corner kicks’ goals is higher. Some reasons for this include lack of defensive discipline or organisation when defending corner kicks; goalkeepers height and skills; quality of the pitch; etc. You probably get the picture, and I’m sure you’ve been on the receiving end.
You don’t want to be the team whose players are running like a headless chicken when defending a corner kick or crossing a ball to nobody when taking a corner kick. The following drill will help you out. This simple setup will give your team structure when executing and defending corner kicks.
For this drill, you will need half of an 11 aside pitch and 3 small goals. The small goals will be evenly distributed in the midfield line. The exercise is played with 9 players attacking, 9 players defending and a goalkeeper.
This drill is based on stats from another study. Most goals scored in corner kicks come from the centre of the box and the near post. Therefore, the setup of the attacking team is simple: a player outside the box ready to receive a pass on the first post and three players grouped in the penalty spot.
The remaining attacking players are arranged this way: two players close to the goal line blocking the goalkeeper, one outside the box in line with the penalty spot and a player staying back halfway between the box and the midfield. Defensive players mark one on one, except two players that stay covering the posts.
The main objective of this drill is to practice corner kicks, both in defence and attack. For attackers, the aim is to score. For defenders is to protect the goal and to transition into attack quickly.
You may want to consider some variations, such as defenders needing to complete several passes before scoring in the midfield goals. Again, be creative and add your own rules.
The objective of this drill is for your team to know a simple corner kick setup. This way, your team will be organised and know what to do when executing a corner kick.
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