sport news The 'ABBA' format for penalty shootouts to be used in EFL

The English Football League (EFL) is introducing the new ABBA format for penalty shoot-outs in its competitions during the 2017/18 season.

Already being trialled by UEFA, 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 and so on instead of AB AB etc.

The EFL's trial of the format will apply to this season's Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and the play-offs, with the first opportunity for its use coming in the Carabao Cup's first round on August 8-9. 

The new system seeks to reduce the pressure on the side taking the second kick

The new system seeks to reduce the pressure on the side taking the second kick

In a statement, EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: 'We welcome innovation at the EFL and I am pleased to see that the EFL is able to play its part in an important development for football.

'IFAB have identified a theory that the current arrangements for penalty kicks potentially provide an unfair advantage to the team taking the first kick so we are keen to see if the new system has an impact on one of the

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