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NASL Shootout to be discussed for English Leagues!


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Really, the chances of this happening fall somewhere between slim and nil, IMO, but still interesting to see the old NASL shootout format to be considered.


League considers scrapping draws

The Football League board is to consider a proposal to scrap draws and decide matches by penalty shoot-outs, BBC Five Live understands.

The idea will be discussed by Football League chairmen and chief executives at a board meeting on Thursday.

No timescale has been given for implementing the change if the chairmen go ahead with the proposal.

"Why can't we just have a draw?" Bournemouth boss Kevin Bond told the Daily Echo newspaper.

The idea was originally put forward in the recent Football League Fans Survey.

There are currently two proposals to be considered - a traditional penalty shoot-out or where a player would have eight seconds to try and score after receiving the ball on the half-way line.

"I don't agree with it because I think it's too much of a radical change," Bond added.

"I'm very open-minded and I think certain laws of the game need to move with the times but that would be too much of a drastic measure."

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I've oraganized a soccer tournament with a similar format to this, with no draws every match ends with a winner. Wins in regular time 3 pts shoot out win 2 pts shootout loss 1 point. Only one match required shoot outs to be decided, teams went all out to win in regular time to avoid shoot outs. Don't know if this would work for top leagues but it could prevent teams from playing conservatively when the score lines are levelled.

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Well, they would have to get FIFA permission before they change the format, and it is very unlikely. Any means of ending a tied match, needs to be done through the 30 minute extra time followed by shootout format (FA Cup replays do not count as they are considered extra matches). MLS had to change their similiar tie-ending format 5 or so years ago due to the FIFA ruling, although FIFA did give them about a year to make the transition.

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I believe in draws. Sometimes noone deserves to win, or to lose. It was an evenly played game, it was a draw. What is wrong with that?

The incentive to win is called three points. I also believe in that. A team that draws every game the whole season, no losses or wins, is in serious relegation trouble. So there is incentive to break draws for lesser teams and stronger ones.

I am surprised that they have not come up with the suggestion that such a win would be worth less points, or split the three 2/1 between the teams.

Let me just say that I think that the old style shootouts were entertaining, fun in an of themselves. So I like them, but not for this game.

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