It’s day 2 of the World Cup and already we’ve seen some great goals in the tournament but we’ve also seen one or two that have come from set-pieces and this is the World Cup phrase of the day. A set-piece refers to a moment in the game when the play has stopped and the ball is returned to play. This may also be known as a dead-ball situation. Though this may include throw-ins and goal-kicks it usually refers to free-kicks and corners. Set-pieces or set plays have become increasingly important in football as they often lead to goals, indeed, some teams are known to be dangerous from set-pieces, such as the USA or England. In the first round match between Argentina and Nigeria, Gabriel Heinze scored with a header from a set-piece that was badly defended and I am sure this will not be the last set-piece goal in this World Cup. Set Piece.