Soccer Penalty Shootout

A method for determining the winning team of a match. In a game of soccer that must have a winner tied after 90 minutes and then tied again after extra time, it will go to a penalty shootout to decide a winner.

The procedure has each team alternate taking penalty kicks towards the opposing team's goalkeeper. When a game is tied at the end of both regulation and extra time a penalty shootout takes place to determine the winner of the match. Each team chooses five players to take penalty kicks. The kickers from each team alternate taking penalties at the opposing teams goalkeeper. Whichever team makes the most out of the five penalty kicks wins the game. If the score is tied after both teams have taken five shots, then new players are chosen to take penalty kicks until one team makes it and the other misses.

How does a penalty shootout work?

A penalty shootout sees each team given five penalties each to try to outscore the other team. Once a team has scored enough penalties within the first five to no longer be able to lose, they win the penalty shootout, and usually the match.

What happens if the score is tied after a penalty shootout?

If each team scores an even amount of penalties after five, the penalty shootout goes to sudden death. Each team is allowed one penalty until one team scores and the other misses. The team that scores wins.

Who is allowed to take penalty shots?

Players that were on the field when extra time finished are the only players allowed to take penalties for their team. Each player, including the goalkeeper, is only allowed to take one penalty during the shootout unless every player takes one and the shootout needs to continue.