⚽ What are set pieces in football? Why are they so crucial for successful teams?

:soccer: I often hear football commentators talking about set pieces during football match.

What are set pieces in football? Why are they so crucial for successful teams?

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Set pieces usually refer to penalties, corners, free-kicks and throw-ins. They could also be called set plays.

Many goals result from such positions, whether scored directly or indirectly. Thus defending set pieces is an important skill for defenders, and attacking players spend much time practicing them.

Some players/ teams are more adept at scoring from a set piece routine than others and as such they form an important part of the modern game.

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