- May 28, 2013
What would you suggest as a serious alternative? As you say you need a winner when playing tournament football, so what's the solution? Penalties aren't perfect, but at least they are a part of the game. Using some random statistic to determine the outcome would be awful. If you did it on shots you'd just get a ton of shots from distance each game, if you did it on fouls the ref has a massive influence and is under huge pressure.
But my objection to penalties really concerns finals. I think that if two teams draw perhaps the most important match in their entire season, the result should stand. If commercial reasons prevent a replay, share the trophy. It's a game. No one will suffer. It will reflect what really happened, it would be the true result.
I honestly believe the need for a victory when nobody actually won is a kind of infantilisation. It also relatively diminishes the achievement of teams who genuinely won the final outright, by beating their opponent in a proper football match rather than a subsidiary competition.
I'm not as fanatical about it as all these posts make me sound, by the way! I don't spend long thinking about it. But I do think they are an unnecessary distortion of the game itself and I'd love to see them removed wherever possible.