The Football Association has confirmed that the new ‘ABBA’ penalty shoot-out format, will be used for Sunday’s Community Shield clash between Chelsea and Arsenal.
If the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, the London rivals will head straight into a shoot-out to decide the winner.
A new system, aimed at being fairer on the team taking the second penalty, will be trialled.
The system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating, so AB BA AB BA and so on instead of AB AB AB AB etc.
Penalty 1: Team A
Penalty 2: Team B
Penalty 3: Team B
Penalty 4: Team A etc
“The FA has today announced that a different order of kicks for Kicks from the Penalty Mark (KFPM) will be trialled at Sunday’s FA Community Shield supported by McDonald’s – the first time the new format will be used competitively in the country,” the FA said in a statement.
The new format will be used across all English Football League tournaments from this season.