UEFA Considers New Form Of Penalty Shootouts
Penalty shootouts in football could be transformed to make them fairer under new plans being looked at by Uefa.
The sport’s European governing body is already trialling a new way for penalties to be taken in decisive shootouts.
Instead of teams alternating spot-kicks, Uefa is considering a new system similar to the tie-break in tennis.
The system is being tried out at the European Under-17 Championship, which began in Croatia on Wednesday.
The new pattern will have teams take turns in a shootout, with the choice of who goes first decided by a coin toss.
For example, team A goes first, then team B, then team A again.
This new system is referred to as ‘ABBA’ and sees team A followed by team B – before team B goes again.
Team A would then get two successive penalties, and so on until there is a winner.
A coin will still be tossed to decide who goes first.
The idea is to stop the team going second having to always, potentially, play catch-up.