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    Systematic Observation of Corner Kick Strategies in Portuguese Football Players

    Gouveia, V, Duarte, JP, Sarmento, H, Freitas, J, Rebelo-Gonçalves, R, Amaro, N, Matos, R, Antunes, R, Field, A ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2600-6182 and Monteiro, D (2022) Systematic Observation of Corner Kick Strategies in Portuguese Football Players. Sustainability, 14 (2). p. 896. ISSN 2071-1050

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    Abstract

    Set pieces are important for the success of football teams, with the corner kick being one of the most game defining events. The aim of this research was twofold: (1) to analyze the corner kicks of a senior football amateur team, and (2) to compare the corner kicks of successful and unsuccessful teams (of the 2020/21 sporting season). In total, 500 corners were observed using a bespoke notational analysis tool, using a specific observational instrument tool (8 criteria; 25 categories). Out of the 500 corner kicks, 6% resulted in a goal. A greater number of direct corners using inswing trajectories were performed (n = 54%). Corners were delivered to central and front post areas most frequently (n = 79%). Five attackers were most predominantly used for offensive corners (n = 58%), but defenders won the ball more frequently (n = 44%). Attempts at goal occurred following a corner most commonly from outside of the box (n = 7%). Goals were scored most frequently with the foot (n = 16%) and head (n = 15%). Successful teams are more effective at reaching the attackers and score more goals directly from corners. Unsuccessful teams deliver more corner kicks out of play, the first touch is more frequently from the opposition defenders, and fewe goals are scored from corner kicks. The study provides an insight into the determining factors and patterns that influence corner kicks and success in football matches. This information should be used by coaches to prepare teams for both offensive and defensive corner kicks to increase team success and match outcomes.

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