August 17, 2017

ABBA penalty system set for Community Shield trial

The new ABBA penalty system could be used in the Community Shield.

The FA today announced that the new ‘ABBA’ penalty system will be used in Sunday’s Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Should Sunday’s clash finish goalless, it will be the first time the system has appeared in a competitive game in England.

An FA statement read: ‘The FA has today announced that a different order of kicks for Kicks from the Penalty Mark (KFPM) will be trialled at Sunday’s FA Community Shield supported by McDonald’s – the first time the new format will be used competitively in the country,’

The system has been developed as a means of combatting the statistic that 60% of teams that take the first penalty in a shoot-out go on to win.

The new format is based on tennis tie-breaks and sees the team that kick first alternate AB BA AB BA and so on instead of AB AB AB AB.