The corner kick can be a real weapon for younger teams or a non factor. I would much rather have to defend a corner than take a goal kick at the very younger ages, but now we have gone to smaller sided games so it is a bit easier to organize. Coaching teams that are just starting to learn how to play the game, but possess very little skill, will struggle with restarts if they cannot strike, pass or dribble the soccer ball.
The skills that young players need to take a corner are...
Passing the soccer ball with accuracy. Good dribbling skills to beat players and get into space. Striking the soccer ball to get the soccer ball into the box or shoot on goal. These basic skills will help kid soccer players set up effective corners and play attacking soccer.
The corner occurs when the defending team knocks the ball over their own end line - line the goal is on - the attacking team wins a corner.
A player from the attacking team takes the ball to the corner to set up the restart. There are several ways the players can get the ball back into play...
The coach just has to pick which option will work for the team based on age or skill level.
The short corner can be deployed at any age group U6 - U12.
How to teach the basic short corner in soccer...
When the attacking teams wins a corner - the forward goes and gets the soccer ball. A second player will go with the forward to set up a short corner. The second player can be a midfielder or the other forward.
The corner can be a real weapon in the game of soccer. It will help in getting the team some soccer goals, which can really build some confidence.
This corner is better for kids that can head, volley or really strike the soccer ball.
So how does it work?
So how do we teach the corner kick in small sided games?
Coaching point: The player must read the game when it comes to corners. If the defenders step up or lay off the players must act accordingly.
There are few good ideas for the kids and effective corner kicks for the coach to employ.