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?

  • 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

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

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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  • @Matt - not sure, mate. I've had three of my answers downvoted in the last 5 minutes. – Ste Jun 19 '12 at 8:56

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.


Your are not looking at the situation properly. Obviously the rules state corner kicks must be taken, there is no other option. So, the only use for this data is for wagering purposes. Odds a corner kick will be a goal...easy. Will getting a lot of corner kicks win you games.....a lot more complicated.

The data and parameters you need for the calculation to make sense are as follows.

The total number of goals scored by a league or team. For example if you want the stat on how many goals a particular team will score, you need "team" data. Your sample size needs to be at least 100, but for near 100 percent accuracy, a thousand would be better. For example, a thousand games, or a thousand goals.

The total amount of time played in all the games in the sample.

The amount of time a corner kick takes. This is subjective, obviously, but could be limited by an arbitrary amount, say 20 seconds, or first control by the defending team, or a combination....20 seconds, or control, whichever comes first.

The number of corner kicks taken.

The number of corner kicks that are successful.

With this data you can determine the following probabilities:

The odds a corner kick will be successful. How lethal a corner kick is for scoring a goal. This would be determined by figuring how many goals are scored per 20 seconds of time, compared to the percent of goals scored by corner kick.

For example, what odds would you give for a team to score a goal in 1 minute of time, compared to the odds of scoring on 3 corner kicks.

My guess here is that corner kicks are much more likely to score a goal than ordinary play, and a lot more lethal than people would think. A defending player would be crazy not to kick the ball to the side rather than to his own end, resulting in a corner. A further complicating factor would be, how many corner kicks draw penalty kicks etc, which are highly lethal. In games which are often won by a single point, a few extra percentage points of advantage is huge.

Saying corner kicks are not material to winning games is probably a gross overstatement.

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