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
Wenger: Vermaelen May Leave Arsenal    
Arsene Wenger says defender Thomas Vermaelen, who has attracted interest from both United and Barcelona, could ...
English FA Cracks Down on Gambling    
The English FA has instituted new rules that ban players and coaches from betting on any ...
Luis Suarez's Suspension Appeal Set for Next Week    
Luis Suarez's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) against a four-month ban for ...
Mexico Goalkeeper Moves to Malaga    
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, coming off an excellent World Cup performance, has moved to Spain's Malaga ...
Germany Wins Another Championship    
Within three weeks of winning the World Cup, Germany won another title, indicating that its youth ...
New York City FC to Groom Players for Man City?    
Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano says that the Premier League champion may use its MLS ...
World Cup Boosts German Beer Sales    
The World Cup is credited for boosting German beer sales by 4.4 percent in the year's ...
Glazers Selling selling 8 million Man United    
The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling 8 million shares of its stake ...
Former Palestine Midfielder Killed in Bombing    
Former Palestinian national team player Ahed Zaqout has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit ...
Neymar Aims to Be Fit for Barcelona Opener    
Brazilian star, Neymar, who fractured a bone in his back following a challenge from Colombia's Juan ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives