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I have looked around for this statistic without luck. I just wondered what percentage of corner kicks actually result in a goal? Not necessarily straight in, but from the same passage of play. I have seen answers (without any references) varying from 2.5% (feels too low) to 32% (surely way too high). Anyone know?

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  • I doubt you will find an accurate percentage for this.. but 2.5% fells to high for me... if that percent is ok, in a weekend that you have 10 games.. and around 100 corner kick, you will have 2.5 goals.. no good since you usually don't have any for a lot of matches... – gbianchi Jun 19 '12 at 4:03
  • It will be really interesting to see the ratio of goals scored through corners to the total number of goals scored. – Max Aug 31 '12 at 14:19
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The percent of goals from corners is changing from league to league, for one competition to another and for one year to another. For example on 2010 World Cup 1 goal scored for every 70 corners taken,

but generally the ratio of corners to goals is almost zero.

Take a look at Ratio of Corners to Goal in the EPL 2010/11 Ratio of Corners to Goal in the EPL

You can see that Fulham who has the best ratio has 0.07 goals for corner.

The most extensive articles I came across it was: soccerbythenumbers and scienceofsocceronline

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    Reading through both articles, I think the answer that best fits my definition of scoring from a corner (I include goals scored from bad clearances after the corner too) is one in 40-45...that is about 2 - 2.5% much lower than I had imagined. Thanks for that. – Stephen Quinn Jun 19 '12 at 8:42
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    I'm sorry, but this answer is not a good answer without at least a bit of quotation from the articles linked. Please do not post link only answers. – wax eagle Jun 19 '12 at 13:58
  • Picking up on the theme of variation between teams: FC Barcelona (as of 2014) generally don't even try a conventional corner kick (cross in the air hoping for a header) because their players are so short. The guys on TV always talk about how corners by other teams are more dangerous against Barça but I don't know where to find stats to verify that. – kuzzooroo Jun 25 '14 at 2:20
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You might be surprised to hear that the ratio of corners to goals is almost nil.

On average, the data show that a corner is good for (drumroll ....) 0.022 goals. This means that the average EPL team scores 1 goal from a corner about every 10 games. And this helps to explain the lack of a correlation between the number of corners and goal scoring. The infrequency of the goals from corners combined with a lack of dispersion between teams in corners per game lead conspire to make corners mostly, well, useless when it comes to scoring goals.

2010/11 Ratio of Corners to Goal in the EPL

In this sample of matches, Fulham and Arsenal led the league in converting corner-created shots into goals at a rate of over .25, while at the low end, none of the shots created by Sunderland, Man City, Bolton, or Birmingham found the net.

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The chance that a goal will be scored off a corner kick appears to be roughly 3%.

Michael Caley at the Washington Post recently analyzed a set of nearly 13,000 corners taken in the English Premier League between 2011-2013, finding:

  • Only 17 percent (2,157) "produced a legitimate shot attempt."
  • Of those shot attempts, 370 were scores.

Corner Kick Success Rate (data provided by Opta)

Caley links to a study by Chris Anderson and David Sally at Soccer by the Numbers, which showed that EPL teams converted corners between 0-7% during the 2010/11 season, with the average team converting corners into goals at 2.2%. At that rate, the average team would score by corner kick about every 10 games.

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