Euro 2020 final: there are better ways than penalties to decide a football match | Euro 2020


Now that the dust is settling on Euro 2020, it’s a good time to consider whether there isn’t a better way to determine the winner of a knockout football match than the shootout. current goal, or at least to make its necessity less frequent. The penalty method imposes an unreasonable liability on individual players, as is all too evident at the moment, and does not necessarily accurately reflect the previous match or the overall footballing skills of the two teams.

A decision based on the total number of fouls committed by each side or the number of corners taken would produce a result that better reflects the course of play throughout the match, but would likely lead to unpredictable changes in the style of football being played. However, increasing the width of the goal would lead to more goals in a match and therefore make a draw and shootout less likely. And think how much the greater incentive to attack would improve the show of the beautiful game.
Roger marshall
Blackheath, London

Lost child (in 1970), I momentarily supported Chelsea, before returning to the fold of Manchester United. However, my best memory of flirting with the Blues is their victory in the FA Cup final – the result of a replay. So rather than being decided on penalties – a desperate, unrepresentative, and unseemly last resort of fine play – there are precedents for replaying the cup finals. (The reason why such reruns might now be deemed impossible probably has more to do with television, advertising, and globalization than the core values ​​of the sport itself.)

Given that penalties are such a crude, cruel, onerous, and isolating way of deciding the outcome of complex competitions, I would also suggest that, having found their way to a final (or a final rerun), having exhausted their allotted time , plus the stoppage and overtime, both teams and their supporters might – rather than go through a penalty shootout – accept that the end result is that both teams deserve to be celebrated as the best in the game. the competition. They could then shake hands and share the title as co-winners of the year (again, there may be precedents in other sports).

In this way, we could recover and preserve the more “sporting” values ​​of sport – traditionally seen as setting high standards and providing examples of fair, intelligent and generous behavior.

It is also interesting to note that the imminent possibility of penalties clearly determines the strategies of managers and players who, in overtime (and even in normal times) can “close shop” and “play for penalties”, as well as organize replacements not for the benefit of the quality of the game, nor even for the purpose of winning, but with penalties in mind (and insufficient consideration of their corrosive effects).
Paul o’kane
London

Now that we have the technology to film every move of the best football players, couldn’t we remove the penalty shoot-out and instead monitor rule violations? Football is a team game, but penalty kicks are not, as they focus on the individual, who is then vilified and supposed to apologize to the nation (footballers can tell, but for English politicians, “sorry” is really the harshest word, July 13) This is nonsense. Using technology to collect fouls could also improve behavior in the field. No need to grab clothes or trip over on purpose.
Jenny Me
Chelmsford, Essex

Barney Ronay’s article on the Euro 2020 final (England suffered a cruel defeat but Southgate and his players lit up the summer, July 12) should spark a wider debate on football reform. The current penalty shootout format is unfair and contrary to the spirit of team play. If we are to have penalties in deciding a match, then a fairer system of settling the result would be to require all 10 outfielders to take a penalty (and if the result is completely normal, keep repeating until ‘that there is a winner)? Hopefully there are Uefa / Fifa delegates reading the Guardian?
Tony Leather
South Shields, Tyne and Wear

It was a great performance from the England team and the shooters didn’t make us lose the European Football Championship. Italy was the best team. BBC statistics for the game made it clear that Italy have more possession, more shots on goal and more corners. Football federations should forgo the gladiatorial spectacle of individual players winning or losing matches on penalties. There is little justification for subjecting players to the mental effects of receiving either cruel abuse from people or heroic glorification dependent on a kick the ball when, after 120 minutes, if it s’ This is a draw, the result could be decided in the first place on shots on target. , then, in case of a tie, on the amount of possession. It could also make an attacking game even more interesting.
Carol Pediani
Blandford, Dorset


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