Shooting rebounds off of corners

by Philip MacDonald | Last updated

The intention of a corner kick is to score off of a header or rebound.  However, often times though the ball is cleared out to the top of the 18-yard box.  The offensive player standing there is now able to have a direct shot on net.  These shots should almost always result in a goal.  Take advantage of these opportunities and make the best of them.

Key points to remember in these situations:

  • follow through the shot.  Don’t make the mistake of shooting and leaning backwards.  The ball will surely go over the net.
  • land on your shooting foot.  This helps drive the power from your body through the ball giving it a lot of power without having to kick as hard as you might want to.
  • do not need to smash the ball as hard as you as can.  Remember the ball already has pace on it.  Even though the ball is coming at you, it will still be powerful a powerful shot.
  • make sure the ball is shot on net (obviously).  The main reason in this situation is there will be at least fifteen bodies in the 18-yard box since it was just a corner kick.  Therefore, there is the possibilities of a deflection (s) occurring.  With the slightest deflection the ball could end up in the back of the net.

Watch Paul Scholes of Manchester United score one of the many great goals he has scored for the Red Devils. Watch how he makes this next shot look easy.  Remember though, Scholes has trained many hours over the years, and continue to work on these aspects of the game.

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