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How to manage Set-Pieces on Football Manager

Effective set-piece routines for attacking / defending corners and free-kicks, as well as throw-ins. This guide includes personal recommendations and doesn't cover all possible ways to set up set-pieces. Written for Football Manager 2015.

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Attacking Corners: Short

Short corners have become a trend of recent times, as more and more teams look to keep possession from set-pieces, rather than launch the ball in to the box and “hope for the best”. In my opinion, any style of corner-taking can be effective if prepared and delivered correctly. Here we’ll look at the short corner and how it works.

First and foremost, let us presume the AMC to be the corner taker. Thus, his instructions (Go Forward in this case) are irrelevant. Now, the other players’ instructions are important. I picked one winger (the AMR in this case) to offer the short option so he could then take on the ball and pass it to another player or even fancy a run in to the box, depending on available options. This is where the short corner begins.

The rest of the players have taken up strategic positions where they can receive the ball and influence play. One MC (the more creative of the two) is lurking outside the box, where he can pick the ball up and shoot or pass it into the box from a more central position. There are two players around each post position, in the passing channels for the MC to pass to, while the other MC is in a deeper position inside the box. With a player in each of these positions, there are plenty of options for those outside the box to pick out somebody inside the box. I always have two players staying back if needed in case the opposition has one or two players staying forward. It’s always important to cover your bases.

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