Football League to scrap draws?


14th, March 2007



The Football League board is to consider a proposal to scrap draws and decide matches by penalty shoot-outs according to the BBC. Obviously they’ve gone completely mental. The idea will be discussed by Football League chairmen and chief executives at a board meeting on Thursday.
There is no indication as to when this could happen if it ever gets the green light. Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger said: "I saw this in my first year managing in Japan – it did not have spectacular results."
He added: "In extra-time they played a sudden death goal and if no-one scored they had penalties. The draw is part of the culture of the game and I would not like that to disappear."

The idea was originally put forward in the recent Football League Fans Survey.
There are currently two proposals to be considered – a traditional penalty shoot-out or where a player would have eight seconds to try and score after receiving the ball on the half-way line… a bit like the penalty shoot outs in Ice Hockey.
Bournemouth boss Kevin Bond told the Daily Echo newspaper said: "Why can’t we just have a draw? I don’t agree with it because I think it’s too much of a radical change. I’m very open-minded and I think certain laws of the game need to move with the times but that would be too much of a drastic measure."

What do you think? Brilliant idea or complete guff? [Mof Gimmers]

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  1. fb says:

    sounds like the Americans taking over

  2. Auz says:

    They tried that in MLS in the first couple of years it was running. It never worked well and they scrapped it and went back to draws.

  3. Jim says:

    Ian Holloway’s responce on Sky Sports News last night was legendary…worth keeping an eye out for!