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Corner Routines

Football is becoming a game that is all about 'moments'. Matches get decided more and more by Set Pieces. For Sports Interactive a reason to increase the value of the Set Piece Game in Football Manager. A few years back they introduced the Set Piece Creator and in the years that followed they expanded the feature. In Football Manager 2016 you have the option to set Corner Routines for your team. Each team is allowed three different routines and you can change these Corner Routines during the match, keeping ahead and surprising the opponent. 

 

In this guide, we help you to get started with setting up the attacking corner. We give three sample routines that you can use during your FM game.

 

Step 1: Pick the correct Corner Taker

Having a good corner starts with selecting the correct Corner Taker. To take a good Corner, a player will need the following attributes:

  • Corners
  • Crossing
  • Passing
  • Technique

 

PPM

A Player Preferred Move (PPM) that would make even better Corners is Curls the Ball. The Player taking the Corner will kick the ball with a curve, which is harder to defend.

 

Step 2: Swing in or Swing out

The next thing you will have to decide is whether you want to have the ball swing towards or have the ball swing away from the goal. That all depends on the Corner Taker. A right footed player who takes a corner on the right side, will have a ball that swings away from the goal and vice versa.

 

Step 3: Choosing your Corner 

You can give the Corner Taker a total of six options:

  • Mixed
  • Short
  • Near Post
  • Far Post
  • Penalty Spot
  • 6 Yard Box
     

4. Player Instructions

After you decided which type of Corner you would like to Play, you will have the option to set up Player Instructions.

  • Stay Back
  • Stay Back if Needed
  • Go Forward
  • Attack Near Post
  • Attack Far Post
  • Near Post Flick On
  • Stand on Far Post
  • Attack Ball From Deep
  • Challenge Keeper
  • Lurk Outside Area
  • Offer Short Option

 

Always make sure that your Best Headers will get the most important positions in your Corner Routine. If you decided to have the Corner taken towards the Near Post, let your best Header attack the Near Post.

 

Now that you are able to set up a Corner Routine, it is time to show you three different Routines that could give you some extra goals during the season.

 

Routine 1: Challenge the GK

The first Routine is Challenging the Keeper. You instruct the Corner Taker to kick the ball towards the 6 Yard Box. In this Routine we like to have the ball Swing towards the goal, so it is important to have a Right Footed Player take Left Corners and a Left Footed Player from the Right.

 

The Instructions are:

  • Attack Near Post
  • Attack Far Post
  • Challenge Goalkeeper
  • Go Forward (2x)
  • Lurk Outside Area
  • Attack Ball from Deep
  • Stay Back (2x)
  • Stay Back when needed

 

In this Routine the Instructions Challenge Goalkeeper and Attack Ball from Deep are the Key Instructions. The Player who will Challenge the Goalkeeper must be a good Header and needs Strength, Balance and Jumping Reach on a high level (ideally 15+). Your best two Headers (normally the Central Defenders) are posted at the Near & Far Post.

 

challengeGK.png

 

Routine 2: Attack Near Post

The second Routine is the Attack Near Post Corner. A dangerous Set Piece, that can give you a lot of goals when executed correctly. You instruct the Corner Taker to aim at the Near Post

 

The Instructions are:

  • Attack Near Post
  • Near Post Flick On
  • Challenge Goalkeeper
  • Attack Far Post
  • Attack Bal from Deep
  • Go Forward (2x)
  • Lurk Outside Area
  • Stay Back
  • Stay Back when Needed 

 

You instruct your best Headers to Attack the Near Post and Near Post Flick On. They should have the Attributes Heading and Jumping Reach.

 

It is also important to Challenge the Goalkeeper, Attack Bal from the Deep and Attack Far Post. This will become important when the Ball gets Flicked on or the Corner Aim is too high.

 

The third and final important Player Instruction is the Lurk Outside Area. With the Near Post Corner, a lot of Balls will land on the edge of the Box. Having a Player with good Shooting Skills will create an extra weapon. An extra Pro for this player to have would be the PPM's: Likes to shoot from Distance, Fires with Power and Curls the Ball.

 

First Post.png

 

Routine 3: Short Corner

With this Routine you instruct the Corner Taker to play it Short. The player who receives the ball will then have the choice to Cross the Ball, Give a Pass, Make a Dribble, or Shoot the Ball.

 

The Instructions are:

  • Offer Short Option
  • Attack Near Post
  • Challenge Goalkeeper
  • Go Forward
  • Attack Ball from Deep
  • Attack Far Post
  • Lurk Outside Area
  • Stay Back (2x)

 

The Player who you Instruct to Offer a Short Option will need the Attributes: Crossing, Dribbling, Passing, Technique, Anticipation and Decisions.

 

It is also important to instruct a Player with the Lurk Outside Area option. That will give the Player who offers the Short Option an extra option. The Player that Lurks Outside the Area then has to make the choice either to shoot the ball or play it inside the box.

 

Short.png

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