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by John Weinstein
When you’re taking a corner kick in indoor soccer, you have a few choices regarding what you can do and what the rest of the players on your team can do. What you decide depends on several factors that I will outline in this article!
The first thing you need to take into account is that you don’t have much space to run up and kick the ball from, since it is probably situated so close to the boards. This means that you can’t kick the ball with much power, so you need to rely on finesse and placement.
One of the most typical things to do on a corner kick is to kick the ball straight along the boards towards the opponents goal. Your teammates should be in specific positions when you do this. One teammate should be right up next to the goalie, screening them and preventing them from getting to the ball as it goes into the box. Another teammate should be right at the far post of the goal, to tap the ball in if it squirts through the box – and it often will. Finally, a teammate should be at the top of the box, so if the defenders try to clear the ball, your teammate can intercept and take a shot.
Another type of corner kick is to hit the ball back to one of your defenders who is near the midfield line. This is effective for a few reasons. First of all, it opens up the whole field to you. Your defender can hit the ball to either side of the field, instead of just into the middle, like when you’re taking a corner kick. Also, on a corner kick, the opposing defenders are usually all in their box, or near it. That means that your defenders are unmarked, and they can take the ball and maybe even take a shot. Finally, it throws the opposing defense into disarray, because they don’t know who should mark your defender.
Another strategy is to kick the ball as hard as you can into the middle of their box. This relies on either your teammates or their team deflecting the ball into the goal. This is used much more in younger leagues, but it can surprise the other team and lead to a goal even in more mature leagues.
Since you now know what to do on corner kicks in indoor soccer, you should try the strategies out! Go out and play a game and test them out – they might even result in a goal or two for you!
John Weinstein is an expert on all things indoor soccer. He thinks you should check out this site on indoor cleats. Also, if you’re thinking about indoor soccer, you should figure out whether to man mark or zone mark in indoor soccer!
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