A NEW penalty shootout system is being trialled in all EFL competitions in 2017/18.
Often known as ‘ABBA’, it was used for the primary time on the Beneath-17 European Championships in the summertime.
And it was within the girls’s match that we noticed the system, modelled on a tennis tie-break, in motion for the primary time.
Though it appeared to supply comparable outcomes to the outdated system, with Germany girls rising Three-2 victors over Norway girls on penalties.
The Beneath-20 World Cup used the identical system, with Uruguay beating Portugal within the quarter-finals.
However they had been then crushed themselves by Venezuela on penalties within the semis.
And West Brom and Leicester had been the primary membership groups to strive it with the Foxes rising victorious within the Premier League Asia Trophy.
What’s the ABBA penalty shootout?
Uefa and Fifa are inspecting a brand new ABBA system, as a substitute for the present ABAB.
That mainly means the order of penalties taken in a shootout will probably be just like the serve in a tennis tie-break.
So, quite than one workforce taking first and the opposite following, the concept is that one workforce takes a penalty, adopted by the opposition taking two penalties.
Every workforce then alternates in taking two penalties till a result’s achieved.
The thought behind the change is to remove the unfair drawback the workforce that takes the second penalty supposedly has after they should kick to remain within the sport.
If the system at the moment being trialled was launched, groups would alternate in taking second and the strain could be shared equally.
A coin would nonetheless be tossed to determine who goes first.
Uefa stated: “The speculation is that the participant taking the second kick within the pair is underneath larger psychological strain.”
The transfer comes after soccer’s rule-making physique, Ifab, checked out analysis suggesting 60 per cent of penalty shootouts had been gained by the workforce kicking first.
Which competitions will the system be used on this season?
The EFL have introduced that ABBA penalties will probably be trialled throughout all its competitions.
That implies that the League Cup – this season often known as the Carabao Cup – and Checkatrade Trophy will each be utilizing the system.
And ABBA penalties may additionally determine which groups get promoted as they are going to be used within the EFL playoffs.
The Neighborhood Defend tie between Arsenal and Chelsea was gained by the Gunners on the brand new ABBA-style pens.
Will the FA Cup use ABBA penalties?
The FA haven’t made any announcement suggesting that they intend to modify away from the normal ABAB system.