Friday, 25 May 2012

Count corner kicks to avoid penalty shoot-outs

Drogba's penalty shoots down Bayern
Football matches which are decided by penalty shoot-outs were a "tragedy", according to Fifa's president Sepp Blatter.
Today he asked  Franz Beckenbauer, who heads Fifa's football task force charged with considering rule changes, to look at alternatives to shoot-outs.
The German football veteran is well-placed for the task; he's honorary president of Bayern Munich, the team which lost the Champions League final on penalties to Chelsea last weekend.
I rather enjoy penalty shoot-outs if 30 minutes of extra time haven't broken a tied result. But I can see the drawbacks.
After 90 minutes play, there is an incentive for the weaker side to play out extra time by packing its penalty box in the hope of winning the lottery which is a penalty shoot out.
I suggest a workable solution to shoot-outs is to count corner kicks once 30 minutes of extra time has elapsed and the score remains a draw.
Raising the status of corner kicks would favour the team which has played the most attacking football.
In the unlikely event corner kicks are tied, the teams could resume playing until a 'golden goal' is scored.


  1. Yes GC. You have identified an important problem and your solution is a good one. However one should not underestimate the power of TV money in penalty shoot outs. A shoot out is a mini dramatic event in its own right. Viewers who would not ordinarily watch the whole game come in to watch the shoot out. This adds to viewer figures. Plus as for as commercial TV is concerned it is yet another opportunity for a commercial break and for the BBC to advertise a future [sports TV programme.

  2. As I wrote I enjoy shoot-outs; Blatter objects, a man more au fait with television's demands than you or I. GC

  3. It's a case here GC of the tail wagging the dog. There has been uproar in Germany over the tactics used by Chelsea to win. Blatter never objected before to penalty shoot outs. And Blatter [in truth more Germananic than Swiss] has been pressured by Beckenbauer et al to review the matter. You are well aware, of course that Blatter and an out of touch FIFA are of course the real stumbling blocks to progress in the modern world of international soccer. And I repeat that there are a lot of vested interests at play on this issue and others, viz the 'did it cross the goal line?' controversy.[Jaffa].


What do you think? GC