As we all know, penalties are a major part of football. They can turn a game on its head in the blink of an eye.
You need to have nerves of steel to step up and take one.
But some players relish the responsibility and pressure that comes with trying to beat a goalkeeper from 12 yards. At the end of the day, it’s a golden opportunity to score a goal.
However, the pressure of taking a penalty can affect even the greatest players.
Argentina international Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer of all time but the Barcelona icon has missed more than his fair share of spot-kicks for club and country down the years.
As the standard of goalkeeping improves, more and more players are trying to come up with innovative ways to gain an advantage from the spot.
Paul Pogba, for example, uses a series of short-steps on his ‘run-up’ in the hope that the opposing keeper moves before he strikes the ball.
However, it doesn’t always work. The French midfielder took 26 steps before hitting a penalty against Everton last week but saw his shot saved by Jordan Pickford. He then converted the rebound after the ball kindly rolled back to him.
Rebounds on penalties are part-and-parcel of the penalty-taking process, but this could be about to change.
Penalties could be about to change forever
According to the Telegraph, the International FA Board (Ifab) are considering altering the way penalties are taken.
And one rather surprising proposal which expected to be debated involves the scrapping of rebounds.
That’s right: Ifab are considering making penalties “one shot” only, which means there will no longer be rebounds if a penalty kick is saved or strikes the goal-frame and bounces back into play.
The ball would be deemed “dead” once the keeper had blocked the penalty and a goal-kick would then be awarded. The rule would be designed to stop the problem of players encroaching.
Pogba’s goal against Everton, therefore, wouldn’t count under the new rules if they’re implemented in the near future.
Once Pickford had saved Pogba’s initial effort, a goal-kick would then be awarded to Everton.
Another example is Wayne Rooney's rebound against West Ham last season. Goals like this would no longer count.
It’s certainly an interesting proposition from Ifab, although not one that all football fans agree with…
Should this rule be implemented - or is it ridiculous? Have your say below.
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