Set pieces have always been an important part of football. Especially corners can make or break a team. Corner routines are an important factor nowadays for most football clubs and they no longer can be ignored. Now that Football Manager 2016 has been out for some time everybody has been looking for a corner routine that actually works! I can proudly say that I’ve been able to make one that has given me a goal almost every game. So take a closer look at this article!

Since Football Manager 16 came out, I have played with a lot of clubs all at a different skill level. This way i could test a lot of different tactics aswell as corner routines. Eventually, I managed to find one that worked very well, after some serious and laborious testing with several teams. During these tests, I noticed that the opposing team strictly marks the six yard box and that most of their defenders don’t mark an opponent, instead opting for a zonal approach. This means that there is space on the edge of the box, which could be used to score goals from. Once I’ve placed one or two players near the edge of the box, it was clear to me that the AI didn’t agressively try to close them down once they got the ball. Hence my corner routine was born and goals were scored!

The setup

My corner setup is very easy. I want to score goals and I also want to use it defensively in making sure we don’t get nailed by our opponent via any counter attack. This means that I am keeping four or five man back in defense, two players roam outside the opponents box and only three are actually in the box.


My best cornerkick taker is appointed to take the corners and he needs to aim them at the penalty spot. At the edge of the box would be even better but that option is not there. Outside of the box, you need two players who are technically skilled and are capable of doing longshots. The three players in the box are tasked with luring players away from the near post and they also need to screen the opponents goalkeeper. This way once the player takes his long shot the success of scoring a goal is increased. With so many players behind the ball you will also be able to keep cycling ball possession after the corner fails. I’ve scored several times after a corner as my team kept the opponent pinnend down in their own box and cross after cross came in which eventually got scored by a player from my team.

In this first clip the corner is being taken exactly how I want to see it. Christian Eriksen passes the ball to Mouse Dembélé who shoots very quickly and scores a beautiful goal. Also notice how much time Dembélé has before the opponents try to close him down.

This time the opponent does try to close Dembélé down but he manages to dribble into the box and score a goal. Okay, the goalkeeper makes an error but a goal is a goal!

Yet another nice goal from Dembélé and this clip exactly shows what I meant earlier. Look at the opponents defense, they are all covering three or four of my players inside the box. Only one defender tries (a bit) to put some pressure on Dembélé. Yet again, Dembélé can dribble into the box and scores straight down the middle of the goal.


Guido Merry – “Goddamn, what an effective tactic. It really shouldn’t be effective at all, but it really is. With only three players in the box, you’d expect the defenders to be much more aggressive in closing down any shooters from outside the box, but they aren’t, which is what makes this tactic so effective. Out of all the corner setups I have tested and created myself, this is the only one that consistently averages a goal a game so far.”

**NOTE** This setup has been tested by Guido Merry from the well known Strikerless website !!

Categories: Set Pieces


ianc5571 · February 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

Going to give this a try in my game. I have had trouble scoring from corners in general.

Michael Vijgen (@MchlVjgn) · February 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

Great conclusion about this corner tactic. You mentioned you let the corner kick been kicked to the penalty spot. Why are all these corner kicks going to Dembele just outside the 16 meter area? Is that just a variance of corner kicks will be on the penalty spot and some will be just outside the box

    thefmveteran · February 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I guess so. I use this setup in every game i play and get quite a few goals out of it. But mostly i score from outside the box by the player who is the furthest away.

Diimaan · February 21, 2016 at 8:11 am

Looks like you are playing with a Striker Guido! 😛
I caught you… 😉

theclawfr · February 27, 2016 at 12:36 am

Seems nice.

What’s the minimum you’d consider at long shots for the shooting player ? 15 ?

    thefmveteran · February 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I’ve seen players with a low rating for long shots score aswell so my choice is to go for your playmakers. They can also get past a man if needed before shooting.

Tryggvi Kristjánsson · February 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

How do you use the file? I can’t load it

Leongy · February 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Can’t seem to load the fmf file. Anyone else facing the same problem?

George13 · February 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

How can we use this file? I downloaded it and placed it in set pieces folder. Then I created a sub-folder called Corners but I cannot find it inside the game.. Any tips??

    thefmveteran · February 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Just put it in the set pieces folder. Go into your game to where you set your corners. There you can load them at ROUTINE.

      ANDRE · February 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm


      Cornfed · March 1, 2016 at 6:06 am

      I have the same issue. I’ve tried the same and it doesn’t work.

      StrikerlessGuido · March 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I’ll see to a new link when I get in.

      Hadi · March 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      It doesn’t seem to work for me. I move the file into the set pieces folder but then when i’m in the game, it doesn’t show up

      StrikerlessGuido · March 3, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Not even with the re-newed links?

      Hadi · March 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Where can I find the re-newed links?

      StrikerlessGuido · March 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Just edited the link, will sort a Steam upload as well.

      Hadi · March 4, 2016 at 4:58 am

      I just downloaded it and tried it again. When i click “load routine” nothing shows up in the folder

      StrikerlessGuido · March 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

      That seems odd at best… You are checking the right folder? I mean, you probably are, but it cannot hurt to ask.

      Hadi · March 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Yeah I am.

      I download the .fmf file. Move it to the Set Pieces folder. Then I run the game and go to tactics. In tactics I click on the load routine button. The default folder is the set pieces folder. But it shows the folder as empty

      StrikerlessGuido · March 4, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      That seems really odd… I am not sure how to remedy that.

      Hadi · March 5, 2016 at 2:31 am

      I really like this tactic. Could you possibly help me set it up since it won’t load for me?

      StrikerlessGuido · March 5, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Sure. What do you need?

Bruno Trink · February 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

My man won’t shoot! He simply receives the ball and tries to enter the area…

Wenger · March 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Don’t knw wats wrong,my players re being given. Different names frm there original names

    thefmveteran · March 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Que? I have no idea mate

    Mohd Shahrizal Bin Aidin · January 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    that’s mean you have the non original version of fm16..or for the non original version,you could try the fm16.exe instead of fm16 masking.exe

Cornfed · March 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

I figured out how to do it right after I posted my comment;

Kinuith · June 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm

For everyone who does not find the routine in the set pieces folder…make sure that you have selected the attacking tab first and then load…and you will find it there

MARK IBETO · October 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

This tactics is bullshit trust me, Used it in four games and haven’t scored shit, having a lot of corners mind you. It was in the 4th game the player was able to manage a shot from long range, which was blocked regardless. Using Atletico-madrid

David · November 18, 2016 at 12:53 am

Is awful for me, works in principle but the player shooting hits so many at the goalkeeper or over that it drags his match rating down into the 5’s if he doesn’t score

    StrikerlessGuido · November 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Can’t say I noticed that. I agree it’s not perfect, but it’s the most consistent I’ve been able to come up with so far.

David MTM · November 18, 2016 at 12:54 am

Is terrible for me, i have a player with long shots 20 and he hits so many shots either at the keeper or wide that it drags his match rating down into the 5’s if he doesn’t score, which he does in about one game in six.

JzWz · December 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

There is a much better tactic. This is simply terrible, sorry.
Look up Eusebio’s tactic and corner setup. Train team to focus on attacking set-pieces and you will see a significant number of them.

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