LONDON (Reuters) - England’s Football League, the oldest in the world, is to consider settling drawn matches with penalty shoot-outs following a meeting of the league’s 72 club chairmen.
One idea, put forward by League chairman Brian Mawhinney, is for each team to be awarded a point for a drawn match, with the winner of the shoot-out awarded an extra point.
The proposal, discussed by club chairmen on Thursday, will be developed by a working party which will canvas views from managers and supporters groups, amongst others.
Mawhinney said: ”I suggested that for drawn matches each team gets a point and then maybe the team that wins a penalty shoot-out gets an extra point. Managers may hate penalty shoot-outs but fans love them.
“Some people were strongly against it, some people were in favour of it, but on both sides people said: ‘Lets be constructive and have a broad examination of what we have to offer.'”
If the idea was ever adopted, it would not need the approval of FIFA, world football’s governing body, as it would not involve a change to the laws of the game but a change to the rules of the competition.
The format could be a conventional penalty shoot-out, or follow the system used in the old NASL (North American Soccer League) giving a player a certain number of seconds to score from the halfway line.
The Football League was established with 12 clubs in 1888. The last major change to its points scoring system was in 1981 when three points were awarded for a win rather than two.