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Football Fan

Chelsea will face Arsenal in this season’s first competitive game at Wembley. The Premier League winners, Chelsea will face the Fa Cup winners, Arsenal in the Community Shield this weekend. And a new penalty shootout system is going to be in effect for the game. The FA released a statement in which they explained the new system and how it is aimed at bringing a more fairer deal for the team which takes the second kick.

The statement read, ‘ 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.’

So how does the new penalty system works?

The new penalty shootout works in the ‘T1T2-T2T1’ style which takes it cue from the tennis tie breaker system. In this, the team taking the first kick will keep alternating after each set of shootout. So the team which takes the second kick in the first pair will be the first team to take the penalty in the second pair.

For example, T1T2 then T2T1 then T1T2 then T2T1 and so on, until a winner is decided.
This new system will undoubtedly favour the second team as they were always under that extra bit of pressure during a penalty shootout.

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