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[HEARTLAND COACHING DEPARTMENT]

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Defending Corner Kicks: Organization and Placement of Players

The ability to effectively defend set plays is a key component of any successful team. Therefore, the following article is presented as a guideline on how to organize your team when defending corner kicks. Objective: Clear the ball. The object is to protect the goal. Clear the ball out of "the box" as quickly as possible. Try not to clear it in the direction that causes a shot on goal. Systematic Steps to Defending a Corner Kick 1. Concentration ­ all players should quickly transition from offense to defense. Be alert to quick set plays. 2. Organization ­ Establish a leader (usually the goalkeeper) to be in charge. Train the goalkeeper on how to organize/place the players to best defend a corner kick. 3. Positioning ­ players are either covering key areas (front and back post), or marking an opposing player. When marking, players need to get in between the offensive player and the goal ­ often referred to as "goal side". 4. Match-ups ­ Attention to Details (ATD principle). Make sure that the players are matching up appropriately with opposing players. Take into consideration height (heading ability), speed, skill etc. 5. Mental Toughness ­ Be prepared to fight and win your 1v1 battle with the opposition. 6. Team balance ­ although all of the team is in a defensive mindset, the team also has to be prepared to counter attack when they win possession. Keep one forward up the field. Note: Regularly reminder your players just before the game and at half-time about the importance of being organized at corner kicks. Provide the players with visual diagrams (chalk talk) of the key positions that need to be covered when defending a corner and the role they have to perform. Use the diagrams below, as a guideline, to show your players the different positions and the basic marking responsibilities when defending a corner kick.

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[HEARTLAND COACHING DEPARTMENT] Age Group: U9-U10 - Academy Program Organization: 6v6 format

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Assuming the corner is being taken on the left by a right footed player swinging the ball in towards the goal, the set up you should employ is as follows: Diagram

Organization when Defending Corner Kicks

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#1 - Goalkeeper starts in the middle of their goal with their body half-turned towards the ball and open to the field. Goalkeeper helps to make sure the team is organized. #2 - should mark in front of any opposition standing on the near post or mark the space (zone) in their absence. #3 - Marks the space (in line with the near post), to clear any driven balls to the near post. They also keep an eye on opposition standing in front of the goalkeeper. If this is the case he may have to adjust his position so he is standing in front of the attacker. # 4 and #5 mark any opposition on the edge of the box, or making runs into the box. Be sure these players are appropriately matched up. #6 stays up the field, occupying one/two defenders and hoping to help spring a counter attack. 2 Copyright © Heartland Soccer Club | Coaching Department - Rev_Dec_2008_Gareth_Smith

[HEARTLAND COACHING DEPARTMENT] Age Group: U11-U12 Competitive Program Organization: 8v8 format

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Assuming the corner is being taken on the left by a right footed player swinging the ball in towards the goal, the set up you should employ is as follows: Diagram

Organization when Defending Corner Kicks

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#1 - Goalkeeper starts in the middle of their goal with their body half-turned towards the ball and open to the field. Goalkeeper helps to make sure the team is organized. #2 and #3 - should cover the near post and far post. These players move out when the ball is cleared out of the box. The far post needs cover as players have the ability cross into this area. #4 - Marks the space (in line with the near post), to clear any driven balls to the near post. They also keep an eye on opposition standing in front of the goalkeeper. If this is the case he may have to adjust his position so he is standing in front of the attacker. #5, #6 and #7 mark any opposition on the edge of the box, or making runs into the box. Be sure these players are appropriately matched up. #8 stays further up the field, occupying one/two defenders and hoping to help spring a counter attack.

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Copyright © Heartland Soccer Club | Coaching Department - Rev_Dec_2008_Gareth_Smith

[HEARTLAND COACHING DEPARTMENT] Age Group: U13-U18 Competitive Program Organization: 11v11 format

Coaching Philosophy

Assuming the corner is being taken on the left by a right footed player swinging the ball in towards the goal, the set up you should employ is as follows: Diagram

Organization when Defending Corner Kicks

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#1 - Goalkeeper starts in the middle of their goal with their body half-turned towards the ball and open to the field. Goalkeeper helps to make sure the team is organized. #2 and #3 - should cover the near post and far post. These players move out when the ball is cleared out of the box. The far post needs cover as players have the ability cross into this area. #4 - Marks the space (in line with the near post), to clear any driven balls to the near post. They also keep an eye on opposition standing in front of the goalkeeper. If this is the case he may have to adjust his position so he is standing in front of the attacker. #5 starts at the middle of the six yard box to clear crosses and protect the goalkeeper. #6, #7, #8 and #9 mark any opposition on the edge of the box, or making runs into the box. Be sure these players are appropriately matched up. #8 stays up the field, occupying one/two defenders and hoping to help spring a counter attack. 4 Copyright © Heartland Soccer Club | Coaching Department - Rev_Dec_2008_Gareth_Smith

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