Note: Until the FA Rules, there is no distinction between (early forms of the) goal kick and corner kick. The same laws always apply for the restart of the game as soon as the ball is behind the goal – outside the goalposts. The differentiation between goal kick and corner kick nowadays was introduced 1867/1872.

 

Year (Source) new or changed laws (proposing club, if known)
1857 (Eton Field Game) After the ball has crossed the goal line, the game is restarted with a bully opposite the point where the ball had gone out.
1858 (Sheffield FC) Goal kick from a point 25 yd behind the goal.
1858 (Harrow Football) When the ball has crossed the goal line, it must be kicked directly on the field. There, it must be first touched be the attacking team before the defending team is allowed to touch it.
1862 (Blackheath FC) When the ball is behind the goal line, the game restarts with a place kick from the goal line by the team that owned the goal.
1862 (The Simplest Game) When the ball is behind the goal line, the game restarts with a place kick from the goal line by the team that owned the goal.
1863 (Shrewsbury School) When the ball is behind the goal the game restarts with a place kick by the opposing team (place not specified), either as an unhindered kick or as a „hoist“ (nowadays: a volley).
1863 (Cambridge University) When the ball is behind the goal line, the game restarts with a place kick 25 yd behind the goal. Which team performs the kick is not mentioned.
1863 (FA) When the ball is behind the goal line, it was crucial which team touches it first. If it is behind the opposite goal, there is a kick from the point of touch as a free kick to the field.
1866 (FA) Added: During a free kick from behind the goal, the team that owns the goal had to remain behind the goal until the ball is kicked.
1868 (Sheffield FA) Corner kick from that corner which is nearer to the point where the ball went behind the goal line. From 1868 to 1871 the corner kick was an indirect free kick, from 1871 to 1877 a direct free kick.
1872 (FA) Corner kick as an indirect free kick from that corner which is nearer to the point where the ball went behind the goal line. All players must be at least 6 yd away from the ball until the ball is kicked.
1874 (FA) Added: The ball is kicked from a quarter circle around the corner flag, so that the flag no longer disturbs. The quarter circle has a radius of 1 yd (Maidenhead FC). From 1877 this quarter circle was also marked on the field.
1883 (FA) Added: When a corner kick is performed, no offside is possible.
1892 (IFAB) The ball must be on the line with the circumference on the quarter circle, but it must not touch it.
1904 (IFAB) The corner flag must not be removed for the corner kick.
1914 (IFAB) The distance from players to ball must be 10 yd.
1924 (IFAB) The corner kick is a direct free kick. A directly transformed corner kick is called an olympic goal.
1978 (IFAB) If a free kick is taken for a team in its own goal area, the free kick may be taken from any point within the goal area (FA).

 

Proposals for law amendments that were not accepted:

 

year club/association proposal reaction
1925 FA Reintroduction of the corner kick as an indirect free kick. rejected
1930 FIFA Reintroduction of the corner kick as an indirect free kick. rejected