Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Researchers reveal what makes PK shootouts 'unfair'
AFP, December 16th, 2010 1:59AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

According to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), penalty shootouts give an unfair psychological advantage to the team that shoots first. A study of 2,820 penalty kicks from shootouts in major national and international competitions between 1970-2008 revealed that the team that takes the first kick wins 60 percent of the time and the team that takes the second 40 percent of the time.

"Most TV channels cut to the commercial break when the coin is being tossed to decide which team takes the first penalty -- but our findings show that this could be the deciding moment after a drawn match," said LSE professor Ignacio Palacios-Huerta. "The coin gives a 20 percent advantage to the team that shoots first. The psychological pressure of 'lagging behind' clearly affects the performance of the team that kicks second.

LSE studied films of the penalty coin toss in 20 matches. In every case, except one, the winner of the toss chose to take the first penalty. The exception was Italy-Spain in the 2008 European Championships -- Italy won the coin toss but opted to go second and Spain won the shootout.

Almost all of the 240 players and coaches interviewed said they would prefer to take the first kick and 96 percent said this was to put pressure on the team kicking second. "I suspect that the heads of FIFA or UEFA are not going to like the fact that the winner of the World Cup, the European Championship or the Champions League is decided, in part, on the 60-40 flip of a coin," said Palacios-Huerta, who proposes adopting the method used in a tennis tiebreaker, in which the first player (A) takes the first serve, then the second player (B) serves twice, then the first player serves twice, and so on.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Arsenal Leads EPL with 900 Injuries in 12 Seasons    
According to a report from PhysioRoom.com, which monitors sports team injuries, Premier League giant Arsenal has ...
Underdog BATE Bounces Back Against Bilbao     
Despite losing its opening game to FC Porto, 6-0, underdog BATE Borisov found itself right back ...
Bayern Bosses Slam CSKA's Empty Stadium     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola admitted there were few benefits to playing in an empty stadium ...
Diego Costa Ready to Play for Spain, Despite Mourinho     
Diego Costa on Wednesday declared himself fit to play for Spain despite club coach Jose Mourinho's ...
Totti: Man City's Tweet Inspired Me to Score    
AS Roma captain Francesco Totti claimed that Manchester City brought him luck by referencing him prior ...
PSG Tames Barca in UCL Thriller    
Paris Saint-Germain might finally have what it takes to win the UEFA Champions League, coach Laurent ...
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives