FM18 | Corner Kick Routine – Penalty Spot delivery

If you like nice and stylish goals from outside the penalty area you are probably at the right place right now. I decided to try a new corner kick routine during the 2036/2037 season of my FM18 save with BFC Siófok and it works quite well.

I used something partly the similar two or three years back but with one or two changes. The main thing is to use “Penalty Spot” delivery to get the ball to a player with “Lurk Outside Area” role.

The basic set-up of this Corner Kick Routine includes three players at the back, two players outside of the penalty area with Lurk Outside Area and Attack Ball From Deep instructions.

And four players are in the penalty area – Go Forward, Attack Far Post, Stand On Far Post and Challenge Keeper.


My best corner kick taker is Dominik Szoboszlai right now but he is 36 years old and he rarely finishes the full 90 minutes due to his physical attributes are no longer good enough to keep him on the pitch until the final whistle.

That means José Ramón takes his corner kick responsibilities and we have four at the back and only three players in the penalty area.

I will show you both variations.

3 men back

When Dominik Szoboszlai is on the pitch, this corner kick routine looks like this. You can see in the gif it didn’t finish with a celebration after the shot but the players are not Supermen and it’s impossible to score a goal with every single set piece.



There is also an example of how it can look when I played with a rotated squad in the domestic cup match and there were mainly backup or young players so we were without our traditional set pieces takers.

You can see players positions are right but in comparison with key players, these youngsters don’t have good enough attributes for specific roles so they didn’t play the corner as they could.

And despite clever pass from the player with Lurk Outside Area role the corner ended with a ball cleared out from penalty area after bad pass.




4 men back

The friendly match against NY Cosmos – Bence Kovács ⚽️

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OTP Bank Liga, Puskás Akadémia FC 🆚 BFC Siófok, Bence Kovács ⚽️

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As always the key part of this set pieces, same as of any other, is to place the right players to right positions in terms of key attributes for the roles.

You can see Bence Kovács as our main finisher of these corners, sometimes he scores, sometimes he misses the target but he is the most dangerous player in Lurk Outside Area position so far since I began to use this routine.

Important Attributes are Finishing, Long Shots, First Touch, Passing, Technique and Decisions. You can see he has almost perfect Finishing attribute and it really helps to him he has a quite high First Touch attribute.

Lurk Outside Area – Important Attributes – Bence Kovács

I already mentioned midfielder José Ramón who is our corner kick taker when Szoboszlai isn’t on the pitch.

But I decided I will try him in the Lurk Outside Area position in the next matches because his Important Attributes for this role look very very good. I only have to be sure other players will be in the right roles after changes.

You can also try to remove “Attack From Deep” player and set him as “Lurk Outside Area” as well and you will have two options where the ball can be delivered.


I used two players with these roles and they combined among themselves quite well.

Lurk Outside Area – Important Attributes – José Ramón

If you listened to the Set Piece episode of One More Game Podcast you are already aware of some of my set pieces rules.

One of them is to be patient and don’t be lazy to analyse your own mistakes. Just take your time and check the analysis screen, watch the set pieces and take notes on what is wrong. Which player is in a different position or he moves to the wrong place etc…

Set Pieces by One More Game Podcast


Until next time…

You can also join my FMSlack channel to see some updates from the save. You can join FMSlack via THIS link. Take care.


Keysi Rensie


6 thoughts on “FM18 | Corner Kick Routine – Penalty Spot delivery

  1. This was a great birthday present. I would also love to see an article specifically about defensive set pieces. This is pretty much where I concede all of my goals right now. They’ve removed the option to have a player mark near post on free kicks and i feel like that’s hurt me more than I can even quantify.

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    1. I think I will leave some post about defensive set pieces to a new edition of the game. I rarely concede from set pieces, usually when I play rotated squad and there are not too good players. But let me know if you would need to set some defensive set pieces ;)

      This is, for example, my most used FM18 routine for corners.

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      1. So I put in your routine for corner kicks and so far I have not conceded and even created a goal from a counter attack. My old routines would often create counter-attacking chances, but it’s good to actually feel better about the defensive aspect so thank you.

        The other area I struggle mightily with is free kicks. Overall I have conceded the fewest goals in the league, but I rank in the bottom half in goals allowed from indirect free kicks. Obviously it could just be down to my players, but it’s frustrating none-the-less. On most of my routines I simply have 2 players creating a wall and everyone else on Man Mark. Do you have any setups that you’ve found to work?


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