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Using near post corners when the pitch is too wide

How often do you get to grounds with wide pitches and your corner taker can’t reach the middle of the penalty area so you watch corner after corner go to waste?

Tactics go out of the window as your players try to kick the ball harder but just cannot reach their team mates.

I’ve coached my team to use a near post tactic which catches the defenders off guard and creates goal scoring opportunities in front of goal.

1. The corner taker plays a quick ball into the player on the near post along the ground.
2. The receiver moves towards the ball to get it.
3. He plays the ball back to the corner taker who has moved to the edge of the penalty area.
4. The ball is played to the edge of the D where one of your midfielders has moved into position.
Isolate the defender with quick movement

Diagram 2 shows a close up of the initial move. The corner taker and two receivers have moved quickly so the circled defender is isolated in no man’s land. Players are moving to the ball and must be quick to control and pass.
The other attackers pull defenders away

Diagram 3 shows how the defenders have moved to cover the attackers they expect the ball to be played to. The two circled attackers have not only pulled the defenders away opening up a route to goal from the penalty area, they are also in the perfect position to score from any rebounds.

Watch the highlights from Barcelona versus Sporting Gijon and see how often Barcelona attack the near post. Their first two goals come from corners played towards the near post or the front part of the penalty area. They don’t cross deep first time it usually goes short first.

The highlights also show some wonderful skills and it in HD so worth taking a look at:

 Soccer Skills and Drills


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When I was in Holland they allowed corner kicks to be taken any where on the endline outside the box. Most of the time they took the corners from where it went out. This allowed anyone on the team to take the corner kick. You didn’t have to wait for the one kid with the best kick to take it. If a kid had a strong kick they could move the ball toward the corner. If they had a weak kick they could move it in closer. This resembled real football in that the ball could be challenged in front of goal. It also allows proper defending and attacking of true corner kick situations. Here in America we don’t have our youth basketball players shoot on tall hoops with adult size balls.

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