Anyone for rock, paper, scissors Our 'alternative' options to shootouts…
12:14 GMT, 25 May 2012
Should FIFA scrap decisive penalty shootouts
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As Sepp Blatter suggests football should call time on the penalty shootout, Sportsmail looks at the potential alternatives… and most of them seem pretty unworkable.
Hopefully Franz Beckenbauer and his Task Force will have a better stab at it than we have…
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The Ice Hockey style
An even more demanding test of nerves than the spot-kick. The player taking the 'penalty' runs with the ball from the half way line, and has to beat the waiting goalkeeper in a one-on-one. Peter Schmeichel's dream scenario.
Play until they drop Type I
They could just drop the idea altogether. In this scenario, extra time carries on until someone scores a winner – regardless of time. With the players dropping like flies, this would surely be the football equivalent of a battle to the death.
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Play until they drop Type II
Exactly the same as the first version, yet every five minutes a player from each team is taken off the pitch. So when 125 minutes is on the clock, the sides go to 10 players, at 130, nine players. /05/25/article-0-04B81F4C0000044D-280_468x361.jpg” width=”468″ height=”361″ alt=”Hard to take: Chris Waddle is comforted by Lothar Matthaus after 'that' World Cup shootout in 1990″ class=”blkBorder” />
Hard to take: Chris Waddle is comforted by Lothar Matthaus after 'that' World Cup shootout in 1990
Rock, paper, scissors
We could take football out of the equation. 'Bastian Schweinsteiger naively goes scissors, and Steven Gerrard goes rock… England win Euro 2012!' Unfortunately it seems a more likely scenario than beating Germany on penalties.
Call it a draw
Both sides could just dodge the agony of penalties by accepting the result after extra time. Deciding who progresses to the next round could be a potential pitfall of this alternative.