If Sunday’s Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea ends in a draw, a penalty shoot-out will decide the winner.
If it happens, we’ll see a new system known as ‘ABBA’ implemented. Basically, the name of the game previous has been team A going first, then team B, then team A again etc.
AB, AB, AB and so on.
Under the new rules, the kicks would alternate so if team A goes first, team B would take the next two penalties, then team A take the following two, giving us an AB BA AB BA system.
In a statement, the FA said, “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 – the first time the new format will be used competitively in the country.
“The new format will be used across all English Football League tournaments from this season but the first chance to see the system at work could now come this weekend at Wembley.”
It’s certainly an interesting development, and as with the old system the winner takes it all. It’s also nice to see that having been in place for so long, the idea of the penalty shoot-outs have been bjorn again.
Meanwhile, reports overnight say that the Gunners are set to offer a trial to North Korean striking sensation Dan Sing Kween.
More on that when we get it.