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Soccer Tips: How to properly perform a corner kick

By US Club Soccer, 10/07/19, 11:30AM EDT


Learn how properly taking a corner kick can be the difference between a victory, loss or draw.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on DICK’S Sporting Goods is the Official Sporting Goods Retail Partner of US Club Soccer.

The clock is winding down and you’re in need of a big play. That’s when you see the soccer ball roll past the goal line. The last touch came off your opponent, signaling that momentum is about to turn in your favor. Your team has been awarded a corner kick.

A corner kick is a set-piece play. This means that the ball is stationery and players can set up in a desired spot. On a corner kick, players will pack the penalty area and goal area, looking to get their head or foot on the ball. 

The ball is set up within the corner arc. You can find a corner arc at each corner of the pitch. A designated player will take the corner kick, swinging it inside the penalty area. Your body position can alter the ball’s trajectory into the box. As you lean back, the ball should have more air underneath it. However, leaning over the ball can keep it closer to the ground.

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