Set piece (football)

This article is about the sporting term. For the film production concept, see Set piece (film production).

The term set piece or set play is used in association football and rugby football to refer to a situation when the ball is returned to open play, for example following a stoppage, particularly in a forward area of the pitch. In the case of association football the term is usually used to refer to free kicks and corners, but sometimes throw-ins. Many goals result from such positions, whether scored directly or indirectly. Thus defending set pieces is an important skill for defenders,[1] and attacking players spend much time practicing them; set pieces are one area where tactics and routines can be worked out in training in advance of matches. Some players specialize in set pieces.[2]


  1. "Set-piece marking". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. "Fantasy Football Tips 2012 – Set Piece Takers". Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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