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Defending Set-Plays: Introduction

Free kicks, corners and throw-ins can provide match winning situations, so defending at any set-play needs planning and organisation....Read more

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen takes a free kick

Attacking Set-Plays: Introduction

Set-plays in the attacking third of the field provide teams with the opportunity to create a goal-scoring situation....Read more

Players at the nearpost

Defending at a corner

Increasingly in senior football corner kicks are being aimed by the kicker towards the area of the near post. The idea being to land the ball about head height for a colleague to either attempt a header at goal, or flick the ball on across the six yard area....Read more

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Defending a corner kick

No defence can ever be totally sure what the attacking side has in mind when they win a corner kick, and so they have to line up preparing for any eventuality....Read more

Defending corners to the edge of the box

Defending a corner to the edge of the penalty

This requires alertness and discipline otherwise the defence could be caught out – especially if the attacking side are accurate with their passing....Read more

Defending an outswinging corner ...

Defending at an outswinging corner

Defenders have also to be aware that the corner kick may be directed by the kicker into the penalty area but outside the six yard box....Read more

Corners

Defending a short corner

Free kicks, corners and throw-ins can provide match winning situations, so defending at any set-play needs informed planning....Read more

Corner

Corners: Man-for-Man or Zonal Marking?

Whether using either man-for-man or zonal marking it is important that all defenders should know what is required and should take up their roles quickly....Read more