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What is the best alternative to a penalty shootout to decide a football match?


Having just watched England lose (again) on penalties, I find myself once again frustrated. Being a player and a supporter, I have never agreed with any football match being decided on penalties. I understand that a winner needs to be determined, but not that way surely... I would rather see them just keep playing on a "next goal wins" scenario, or even reduce the number of players every 5 or 10 minutes or something. Anybody else have any thoughts/suggestions on this one?

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    Pete (petenali) 4 years ago

    Understand your point. As a "football purist" I don't think that one seldom used and unique skill (penalty taking) should decide the game instead of open play, no matter how many players. It's just not a true reflection of the game in it's entirety.


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    Pete (petenali) 4 years ago

    The tactics of the coach/manager would come in to play as to who they take off. Take of a striker and lessen your chance of scoring. Take of defence and maybe get scored upon. Less players = more space = more chance to score. That's what we want.

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    Pete (petenali) 4 years ago

    Flipping a coin is the worst possible solution as it has absolutely nothing to do with football. That would hurt more than losing on penalties from a player's point of view. I'm still an advocate for the idea of reducing the number of players.

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    WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

    whittling down the # of players on the pitch also makes those players more prone to fatigue and injuries: would you really prefer an injured & weary England playing than keeping pks? Why don't England prepare more for pks if it's a problem for th

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