In professional soccer, about 40%
of goals are scored from dead balls – free kicks, corners, and penalties.
Focus on those dead ball situations and on good defense, and you have a
pretty good chance to win some games.
Of course, the techniques described
here can and should be used by any attacking system – it’s just that dead
ball teams rely on them much more heavily, and don’t take the attacking
risks most other systems require. Long ball teams often also have good dead
In the rest of the section, we’ll
discuss each type of dead ball attack in detail.