New penalty shootout system being trialled at U17 Euro Championships

Tom Procter
90Min
Penalty shootouts as we know them could be about to change forever and for England fans, that could make for the best news of 2017 so far. ​ Despite what commentators say about penalties being a 'cruel' way of deciding crucial football matches, make no bones about it, they can be highly entertaining for the neutral. You can't help just getting into them - they are a genuine source of enjoyment and intrigue, and have contributed to some of world football's greatest and most unforgettable...

Penalty shootouts as we know them could be about to change forever and for England fans, that could make for the best news of 2017 so far.​

Despite what commentators say about penalties being a 'cruel' way of deciding crucial football matches, make no bones about it, they can be highly entertaining for the neutral.

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But now, UEFA are after changing the old format in order to lower the advantage of the team that gets to kick first in shootouts

The proposed new system is set to be trialled at the U17s European Championships, which commenced this week in the Czech Republic.

The new system is in an 'ABBA' format, in that Team A kicks first, and then Team B take the next two penalties in a row, then Team A take penalties four and five, and so on.

UEFA said, as quoted by the ​Mail: "The hypothesis is that the player taking the second kick in the pair is under greater mental pressure.

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"If the opposition's first penalty in the pair has been successful, a miss by the second penalty-taker in the pair could mean the immediate loss of a match for his team, especially from the fourth pair of penalties onwards."

Football rule-making governing body IFAB has said of the current system that research has proven that Team A is likely to win 60% of the time, and the aim is to try and bring this as close to 50-50 as possible.​

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