Draws in football matches or penalty shoot outs?

International Champions Cup

In the International Champions Cup, currently being held mostly in the USA with some matches in Europe, if a match is tied at the end of 90 minutes a penalty shootout is held to find out who wins the game. No draws are allowed in this format.

The ICC is a series of friendly matches involving 18 top teams from England, France, Italy, Germany Portugal and Spain.

England penalty shoot out victory

England penalty shoot out victory

Points per game

  • 3 points are awarded for a win in 90 mins
  • 2 points are awarded for a win on penalties
  • 1 point is awarded for a loss on penalties
  • 0 points are awarded for a loss on penalties

Part of the reasoning for this is that it makes it more exciting for fans watching the games. There isn’t the dull running down of time if a team are tied towards the end of the game. Players try and push on and try and get the extra points and you would think try more expansive and maybe even try experimental methods to get the win.

Traditionalists say that draws are part of football and that if a side can’t get a victory in 90 minutes, then they don’t deserve the chance to get extra points for being more clinical at spot kicks.

England team and penalty shoot outs

England team and penalty shoot outs

The excitement of a penalty shoot out

Penalty shoot outs are exciting. Everyone who has a vested interest in a team know that. They know too well that one slight slip up may mean their team losing. They know that goalkeepers can become heroes during this spell. Would these penalty shoot outs be as exciting if they occurred more often? Is it just in a knock out scenario where the tension is so highly built up? Win and you’re through, lose and you’re out? Can this feeling be replicated in a ‘run of the mill’ league fixture too? I know the International Champions Cup isn’t a run of the mill league as such, but they are effectively friendly matches where new and young players get the run out and the players who have been away at the World Cup are missing, but the question still remains on this.

What do you think?

What do you think of the concept of draws in football? Would you be concerned if the FA or FIFA brought in this as a standard way of ensuring a result in a league or competition?

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