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ABBA Penalty Shoot-Out Applies To Carabao Cup Ties

New Format Being Trialled In EFL Competitions

8 August 2017

The new ABBA penalty shoot-out format will apply to tonight’s Carabao Cup ties, should penalties be required to settle first round fixtures.

Already being trialled by UEFA, The EFL announced last month that it will also trial the concept in its own competitions this season, including Checkatrade Trophy fixtures, which get underway later this month.

The trial of the new system is being backed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in response to a hypothesis that the player taking the second kick is under greater mental pressure in the current format.

Under the new rulings, team A would take the first penalty kick with team B taking the second and third. Teams will then continue to take spot-kicks in pairs for the duration of the shoot-out.

Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive commented: “We welcome innovation at the EFL and I am pleased to see that the EFL is able to play its part in an important development for football.

“IFAB have identified a theory that the current arrangements for penalty kicks potentially provide an unfair advantage to the team taking the first kick so we are keen to see if the new system has an impact on one of the most discussed issues in football.

“We all want football matches to be decided in a fair and consistent manner and I am sure the new system will add an interesting dynamic to the conclusion of matches in our competitions if required.”

Clubs are also permitted to utilise a fourth substitution should any Carabao Cup tie go to extra-time in this season’s competition. 

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