Defending Corner Kicks: With the referee awarding a corner kick the first thing that should happen is the communication and organization by the goalkeeper while at the same time watching the ball and the keeping themselves prepared for a quick kick.
The organization should be centered around making sure that the Defending players are set up zonal. A few keys to organization that should be considered are:
- ) GK should be slightly turned at a 45 degree angle to the ball, just behind the midline of the goal line, watching ball and area in front of goal.
- ) GK’s call should be made prior to the ball crossing the near post
- ) GK’s call should be AWAY or KEEPER
- ) Players, as pre-determined by coach, should be posted to the near and far posts
- ) Post players should be inside of the post on the goal line
Corner Kicks – Zone.
- Outside Midfielders on the post; one near and one far.
○ Outside Midfielders leave the post for two reasons:
Keeper comes off his/her line to make a catch or save. If this happens, both players slide in two yards. They become responsible for four yards each inside the goal.
- The ball is cleared away from danger (debatable topic). Keeper commands “Away” and “Step” for pulling up or condensing the field.
- One player placed in front of the six yard box. His/her responsibility is to imagine a mini goal six yards by six feet. Any ball in this area is “away”.
- Three players across the six yard line: one on the near post, one on the far post and one in the middle. These are preferably your best players in the air.
- Three players across the eight, directly out from the three players on the six yard line.
- The last player is in on top of the box….the “bullet man”, tenacious and fearless.
- On short kicks, the high near corner man pressures the ball along with the top of the box defender.
- If you are not involved in the heading, you are shielding your man from any rebounds or challenges by “boxing out”. Stay engaged until the team is out of danger.