Is it possible that one shoots from a corner and the ball directly goes into the goal without being hit by other players?

Has this situation occurred in an actual game (I mean not in training)?

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    Here's another example: youtube.com/watch?v=SRL9Kx5yw8E
    – Mohamad
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:48
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    I'm surprised that no one has linked this before - Scoring a goal direct from a corner - A section on the wikipedia article on Corner kicks.
    – elssar
    Commented Jan 5, 2013 at 6:56
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    Here in Brazil we call it “Olympic goal”. Olympic goal – A goal scored direct from the corner arc. englishexperts.com.br/forum/… Bye!
    – user1544
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 16:56
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    Since Wikipedia articles can change, I'll add also a link to the current revision of that article.
    – Martin
    Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 5:42
  • As a ref at regional level in France, I've seen this twice last season... But the second one was scored with the help of a lot of wind !
    – LeReferee
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 7:52

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Yes, it is possible to score a goal directly from a corner.

It has happened many times in professional leagues across the world as well as in international games.

This type of goal also has a specific name, being an Olympic Goal.

  • Are there any notable examples you would like to address?
    – user527
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 3:09
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    Roberto Baggio, David Beckham, and Thierry Henry have all done it: youtube.com/watch?v=SRL9Kx5yw8E
    – Mohamad
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:49

A small addition to the answer provided by @Orangecrush:

It certainly happens from time to time, but it would be a strong overstatement to say it's common. Goals from corners are usually due to extreme spin on the ball, external conditions (e.g. strong wind) or a blunder by the goalkeeper; more often than not a combination of these factors.

While it definitely takes great skill to score from a corner, it's hardly a smart or reliable way to take a corner, as in 9/10 cases it's an easy high ball for the goalie. What's different with Beckham's goal (first example by @Orangecrush) is that it's supposed to be a fast, low cross to the first post which is then hopefully tipped in by a teammate, or an unlucky defender. The fact that it goes in without touching anyone is just the irony of football, well and partially incompetence by both the defenders and the attackers :)

Hope it helps clear up the concept

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    This is a good addition. The only time I can remember seeing this is when I was a referee in an amateur match. With club-assistants you tend to choose the goal-line as your position and this one was blown back by the wind into the goal at the far post. There was a strong wind across the length of the field and from my position I could clearly see that it was probably going to enter the goal as the ball was travelling towards me and I was on the far side, players were closer to the ball and could not see this as well as I could. It was definitely not the intention to be a direct goal. Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 20:25

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