By Andy Kaweesa
Soccer governing body plans to change style/order in which penalties are taken during shoot outs.
Research proves that the team always taking the first penalty have a 60 percent chance of winning. They deem this unfair advantage and want to make the system fairer.
The new system known as ABBA, sanctioned by the International Football Association Board to be tested by UEFA , is similar to the tie-break format used in tennis and is designed to prevent the team going second from having to play catch-up.
Currently, shoot-outs see team A and team B alternate in taking five penalties each. If the scores are level, the procedure continues in a sudden death format.
The new system sees team A take the first penalty, team B the second and third, team A the fourth and fifth and so on until each team has had five kicks – and the sequence continues if the shoot-out goes to sudden death.
The experiment is featuring at the men’s Under-17 Championship in Croatia and the women’s tournament in the Czech Republic.