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FIFA Is Right: The Penalty Shootout Should Adopt the Tennis Tiebreak Format
Open Access Library Journal (2018)
  • Sergio Da Silva, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Diego Mioranza
  • Raul Matsushita, University of Brasilia
Abstract
In the current penalty shootout system of soccer, the team going second has to play catch-up. This possibly carries a bias in favor of the team going first. We consider this hypothesis by taking data from both soccer penalty shootouts and tennis tie breaks. We find the bias does exist in soccer, but not in tennis. This suggests the penalty shootout should adopt the tennis tiebreak format to remove the bias, as recently advocated by FIFA.
Keywords
  • Soccer,
  • Tennis,
  • Penalty Shootout,
  • Tennis Tiebreak,
  • FIFA
Publication Date
2018
DOI
10.4236/oalib.1104427
Publisher Statement
Journal is open access.
Citation Information
Sergio Da Silva, Diego Mioranza and Raul Matsushita. "FIFA Is Right: The Penalty Shootout Should Adopt the Tennis Tiebreak Format" Open Access Library Journal Vol. 5 Iss. 3 (2018) p. 1 - 23 ISSN: 2333-9705
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sergiodasilva/183/