Corner flags. Tim Cahill shadow boxes with them. Roger Milla used them as a dancing partner. Some footballers kick them, some use them like guitars. But corner flags are one of the most important pieces of equipment for a football game.
If a corner flag is damaged and a replacement can’t be found, the game must be abandoned. A match also can not commence without all four corner flags being present. The kick off of the 1974 world cup final was delayed for that very reason.
It is a yellow card offence to bend or shift the corner flag when taking a corner kick. And while flags marking the middle line of the pitch have gradually disappeared over the years, corner flags are still one of football’s corner stones.