The EFL is to support the trial of a reformed format for penalty kicks, by introducing the new ‘ABBA’ penalty shootout formula into EFL Competitions during the 2017/18 season.
That could occur at Madejski Stadium as early as Tuesday evening… if the visitors hold us to a draw after 120 minutes of football, we will see the new format in place for the first time.
Under the new system, which is currently being supported internationally by FIFA and in some European competitions through UEFA, the name of the game will be that the ABBA penalty shootout system will be adopted for this season’s Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and Sky Bet Play-Offs as an alternative to the traditional ‘ABAB’ pattern which was used in our last summer fixture.
It was also deployed for the Community Shield between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday – after still being tied after extra time, it was a case of the winner takes it all when the game went to spot-kicks, and Olivier Giroud’s winning strike sent the Gunners head over heels.
In simple terms, the ABBA format means that after Team A’s first kick is taken, Team B will then take two consecutive kicks, and then Team A will take their second kick. The ordering of the kicks are different to before, but when all is said and done, the same rules apply – best of five, with sudden-death penalties to follow if necessary.
Mamma mia - a new system is bjorn!