Rule 17 – Corner Kick


Corner Kick – Introduction

A corner kick in soccer football is awarded when the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with rule 10.

The corner kick acts as a direct free kick taken from the corner of the pitch (if the ball passes the line on the left of the goal, the corner is taken from the left corner and if it passes on the right, the corner is taken from the right corner).

Corner Kick Procedure

  • The ball must be placed inside the corner arc nearest to the point where the ball crossed the goal line
  • The corner flag post must not be moved
  • Opponents must remain at least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the corner arc until the ball is in play
  • The ball must be kicked by a player of the attacking team
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
  • The kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player

Corner Kick – Infringements

Opposing players must retire the required distance as stated above. Failure to do so may constitute misconduct and be punished by a caution(yellow card).

It is an offence for the kicker to touch the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player; this is punishable by an indirect free kickto the defending team from where the offence occurred, unless the second touch was also a more serious handling offence, in which case it is punishable by a direct free kick.

Scoring a Goal Direct from a Corner Kick

It is possible to score direct from a corner kick if sufficient swerve is given to the kick, there is a strong wind in the goalward direction, the ball is played from the part of the corner arc furthest from the goal, or a combination of these factors.

Scoring directly from a corner kick has been permitted since the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting of 15 June 1924 authorized it for the following season.The first such goal was scored by Billy Alston in Scotland on 21 August 1924.The first in England was by Huddersfield Town’s Billy Smith.The world record holder is Dejan Petković with 8 goals. It remains a rare occurrence, often accomplished by fluke rather than intent, and with the goalkeeper usually blamed for an error.