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					Every game plan needs to have a football tactic for the set piece. Set pieces are an
integral part of the game, and should be planned for accordingly. The purpose behind
goal kicks, corner kicks, and throw-ins is to create an advantage for the team that has
been slighted, and with the right strategy that advantage can provide an excellent
chance for a powerful shot and goal. There is an element of chance to the set piece
play, and either team could potentially benefit in certain situations.

Offensive Set Pieces
The football tactic changes depending on whether you are the team moving the ball
back into play or defending. The offence on a set play has the upper hand, since the
play occurs right in front of the goal they need to get the ball into. Retaining
possession of the ball is key. If you can keep the ball, you can set up another attack
and create another opportunity to make a goal. When there is a lot of pressure or a lot
of ground to cover, the ball may be thrown along the line to eat up more distance.

Defensive Set Pieces
When you are on the defending side of a set piece, your football tactic is to block any
possible goals and recover the ball as soon as possible. Corner kick defensive
strategies generally become man-to-man coverage, with each defender protecting a
specific offensive player. Free kicks allow defenders to set up a wall in front of the
goal, with the goalie filling in any gaps that might allow the ball to get through. The
most difficult set piece to defend is the penalty kick, because that involves only the
kicker and the goalie. The best defensive strategy during a penalty kick is to place the
defenders in the perimeter of the goal as closely as possible so that they can capture
any deflection and shift play toward the other team's goal quickly.

Drawing a Foul
There are some teams that use a football tactic employing the benefit of fouling.
These tactics are meant to shift the momentum of the game and change the other
team's timing so that the fouling team has a chance to regain control of the ball. Fouls
can also delay the game, allowing players to rest a little bit. It is generally thought to
be poor sportsmanship to use fouls as a strategy for winning.

Taking Advantage of Set Pieces
The most important football tactic when there is a set piece involved is to recover the
football and change the game. Set pieces bring a halt to the regular action on the field,
and can cause a change in the dynamic of either team. Though they rarely result in a
direct goal, set pieces can create opportunities for a team to recover from a bad
formation, which can make their attack on the goal more efficient. Set pieces can also
be exciting, especially penalty kicks, because the result of the set piece can be so
random.

				
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