Scoring opportunities generally present themselves within the flow of the contest. Offense reacting to the defense, defense reacting to the offense. Players must be spontaneous and take advantage of situations to arise within the course of play. Of course the system of offense and defense will dictate the type of opportunities that are available, but still most of the play is spontaneous and not so calculated.
However their are moments when you as the coach have a chance to dictate the action. Corner kicks are a great opportunity for you to use your imagination and give you team a chance to score. You have controls of the situation. You may line your players up exactly where you want them and then execute a play that you have practiced many times. It’s an opportunity to gain an advantage over the opposing coach. Everything else being equal, the team with the best designed and executed set plays has an advantage.
In the clip below from footballcoachingresource.com, you will see an animation of set play on a corner kick. For other great coaching tools click of the link above or go to the Football Coaches Resource YouTube Channel for other video clips
The clip below is a YouTube video, so please make sure that you have access to the site (some schools block access to the YouTube). Their is no audio, but the play is well described in captions at the bottom of the screen.
6 players take position inside the penalty box. One in the 6 yard box and the other two on either side of the penalty spot.
4 players will be outside the penalty box. Three around the arc (your best players in the air) and one slightly deeper.
The play begins with the player in the six yard box moving towards the corner as it to receive a short corner. With good body language and verbal calls this player can deceive the defense into defending a short corner. Hopefully this will pull at least one defender outside the box.
The player on the arc farthest away from the corner makes a diagonal run. He is their in case the pass is off target. Then middle man on the arc makes a looping run towards the opposite post. His goal is to take a defender and be in position for an over pass.
The outside player that started in the penalty box moves forward into the 6yd box.
The third player on the arc (closest to the corner kick) must run towards the near post with pace and attack the ball at the 6yd box.
The ball should be passed with pace and in a flat trajectory.
The remaining two players take a position in the middle of the field on in the penalty box and the other just outside.