Soccer coaching laws of the game Law 17 the corner kick

These soccer coaching tips are designed to help coaches and players understand the laws of the game. This article looks at Law 17, and covers the corner kick.

A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.

A corner kick is awarded when:

  • The whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10.

How to take it:

  • The ball is placed inside the corner arc – or touching one of the lines – at the corner nearest to where the ball went out.
  • The corner flagpost cannot be moved.
  • Opponents must be 10 yds from the corner arc at 11-a-side – or 5 yards at 7-a-side and minis – until the ball is in play.
  • The ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team.
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
  • The kicker cannot play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
  • If the ball goes straight out of play from the kick, a goal kick or a throw-in is awarded.

Soccer coaching laws of the game corner kick


Click the link to read Soccer coaching laws of the game Law 16 the goal kick.

Click the link to read some strategy tips for corners.

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