Friday, 4 August 2017


The Football Association has confirmed that the new ‘ABBA’ penalty shoot-out format, will be used for Sunday’s Community Shield clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.

If the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, the London rivals will head straight into a shoot-out to decide the winner.

A new system, aimed at being fairer on the team taking the second penalty, will be trialled.

The system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating, so AB BA AB BA and so on instead of AB AB AB AB etc.


Penalty 1: Team A

Penalty 2: Team B

Penalty 3: Team B

Penalty 4: Team A etc


“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 FA said in a statement.

The new format will be used across all English Football League tournaments from this season

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