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Corner kick bets traditionally come in a number of different selections such as total corners, time of first corner, first half corners, race to X corners, fixed corner range, and half with the most corners.
However, the most common and popular type of corner bet comes in the total corners over/under bet, in which a bookmaker will offer a range, such as over/under 10.5 or 12.5 corners in a game.
Despite its relative simplicity, corner kick bets are still one of the more recent type of bets offered by bookmakers, and were introduced as bookmakers looked to expand the markets offered on football matches.
An example of placing a corner kick bet would be to select a Premier League game between Liverpool and Manchester City and consider how attacking the game might be. This is will determine which type of corner bet to make. For a game expected to see plenty of goal-mouth action, a punter may choose a corner kick bet of over 12.5 corners in the game.
This would mean that as soon as the 13th corner is awarded by the referee, the punter would receive a pay out from the bookmaker regardless of how many corners over 12.5 are taken throughout the game.
A corner kick was in the original 1867 Sheffield Rules of the game but were not adopted by the Football Association until 1872. However, scoring from a free-kick was illegal according to the rules until the summer of 1924.
In Latin America, scoring directly from a corner kick is known as an ‘Olympic goal,’ as shortly after a goal from a corner was legalised, Argentina’s Cesareo Onzari scored from a corner against Olympic champions Uruguay.