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Hi guys. I have always wondered, why do teams put walls when they are facing a free-kick that is from 25 metrest or further. Without the wall, the goalkeeper would have had a clearer view of the shot and a longer time to react.

Let's assume that the free-kick is taken from 25 metres out. Here's the scenario.
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           Y
X          Y               Z
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X = Set-piece taker
Y = Wall
Z = Keeper
X-Y = 10 metres
Y-Z = 15 metres
X-Z = 25 metres
Furthermore, let's assume that the ball travels at a speed of 5 m/s. If there is a wall, the keeper will only have a view of the ball once the ball pass the wall and he has only 3 seconds to react. If there is no wall, the keeper would have had an extra 2 seconds to react to the shot. Not to mention that there is a probability that a wild deflection will fool the goalkeeper!

If the player has a thunderbolt foot like Adriano or R.Carlos (Once in a blue moon), of course they could have taken advantage of the no-wall situation but even for them, it is very hard to pull off those trademark rockets.

But of course, I'm unsure if it is not beneficial to put a wall or not. My guess is that without the wall, it'd be easier for the attacking teams to launch a faster cross to the wall and the defence would have a harder task dealing with it.

Would be great to hear your views. ;)
 

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Handoyo said:
Furthermore, let's assume that the ball travels at a speed of 5 m/s.
But the truth is ball travels at much higher speed. Adriano, Carlos hit it up to 150km/h, which is 40 m/s. That means keeper has less than a second to see the direction of the ball, process it in his brains, and jump in the right direction. Other free kick takers send the ball with speed not less than 100 km/h too.....
 

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Presumably it's because having a wall limits the angle the player taking the set piece has on goal. It's also easier for the defence to deal with a loose ball.

Why give your opponents a clear shot on goal when you can make it much harder for them? Having a wall makes perfect sense.
 

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Russell said:
Why give your opponents a clear shot on goal when you can make it much harder for them? Having a wall makes perfect sense.
Or just wait for Joe Cole to shove the wall over to allow Lampard a free shot on goal instead. :rolleyes:
 

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Isaac said:
This is a worthless clip, even if there was a wall or even two goalkeepers that's a perfect shot that'll go right in.
I think he's just trying to say that with a good free kick no wall or goalkeeper discussion makes any sense. :)
 

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Isaac said:
This is a worthless clip, even if there was a wall or even two goalkeepers that's a perfect shot that'll go right in.

well the point is ,if the defenders didn't make a wall to provide a clear view for the keeper the keeper will suffer even more since the other team will form their own wall and guess what they won't stand there for long as shown in the clip.
 

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well the point is ,if the defenders didn't make a wall to provide a clear view for the keeper the keeper will suffer even more since the other team will form their own wall and guess what they won't stand there for long as shown in the clip.
That's very true. If you don't form a wall to try and block the shot, the opposing team will form their own wall to block the keeper's view.
 

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Actually, from really long distances kicks getting the wall out may help, because the kicker often uses the wall as reference. Many keepers did it in the past, Manga in the Final in 1975 when faced Nelinho did it a lot. Now it is really from very long, because Eders, Nelinhos, Pepes, Rivelinos could kick easily without the wall.
But even this strategy is sometimes backfired, Gilmar from Flamengo did it in 1990 against Flamengo and Neto just set the ball with perfection inside the net. Simple because good kickers can hit anyways and you need a great keeper to save it (Manga was amazing, so he could deal with Nelinho, but even so, He was lucky because when Nelinho was in his days, the ball could bend that no Zoff could even understand how)
 

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Not only is it to cut down the angle, but it reduces the options. A low, straight drive is impossible with a preperly set wall.
 
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