UEFA CONSIDERS INTRODUCING NEW PENALTY SHOOTOUT SYSTEM

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 system is called ‘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.

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