By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with protecting the posts on corner kicks.
When watching many professional teams defending corner kicks we see one, or both, posts left unprotected. Without looking at the data but rather using general observation, it also seems there are a lot more goals being scored on corner kicks. One might say this is because of better services, better attacking players etc. but I have a hard time believing this isn’t partly due to lack of players on the posts.
My suggestion, especially at the youth level, is to have a player on each post.
It’s not good enough to just have a player on each post, they also need to know how to position themselves.
Too often I see players on posts with their entire bodies facing the corner.
There are a couple of problems with the players lining up this way. The first one is the player at the near post tends to