UEFA Are Considering Making A Big Change To Penalty Shoot-Outs To Make Them Fairer

Based on psychology, of all things

Penalty shootouts haven't exactly been happy hunting ground for the England team down the years, but could a change to the format see them become more fruitful?

Uefa is reportedly considering changing the format of the penalty shoot-out to make it fairer. The new system will mean rather than players from each team taking alternate penalties and one team always following the other, the new format will be similar to that of a tennis tie-break and take an 'ABBA' pattern.

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This means teams will take two penalties in a row after the first is taken and the first team then take the final shot. The order will be decided by a coin toss as is the current system.

The change is due to research that suggests the team taking the first penalty have an unfair advantage and noticeable advantage over the second with them winning 60% of shootouts.

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In a statement UEFA commented, "The hypothesis is that the player taking the second kick in the pair is under greater mental pressure."

The new system will be trialed at the men's European Under-17 Championship this week. Fingers crossed it comes into effect before we next meet Germany.