Does the player who delivers a corner kick to the box get an assist if the ball is scored directly from the kick?
If not, how come they don't get an assist?
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There are no specific rules for such statistics. In theory it may differ from league to league.
Even so, I've never seen any league do not counting pass from corner which leads to goal as a "goal assist". I can't find UEFA's official laws of statistics, but this is quote from UEFA's fantasy football rules and I'm sure this is a way which is used for official game statistics:
A player will be credited with a 'goal assist' when he delivers/plays the final pass, cross, header or shot, which leads to the goal being scored. This will also apply to set plays (i.e. corner, free kick, throw-in etc.)
As with all statistics, the answer to that question will vary depending on who's counting. As far as I know, there are no "official guidelines" for football statistics, but I assume most statisticians do count assists from cornerkicks. Anything else would surprise me, but I can't really back it up with any real evidence...
I know that on the Barclays premier league site there is a fantasy football game and they award points for an assist on corners and that is the official site for the Premier League. I always see this on sites like Goal.com as well where assists are awarded for corners.