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Tale Of The Tape: Penalty Shootout vs. Continuous Play

Penalty Shootout
Continuous Play
Excitment
Winner There's not much in all of sport that leaves you more on the edge of your seat than soccer's version of Russian Roulette.
As the game wears on, legs get heavier and game the slows down. Imagine how slow the game would become in the 160th minute and beyond?
Fairness
A winner could not be determined in the allotted period of time, so, let's flip a coin.
Winner The better, more fit team will eventually find the back of the net.
Safety
Winner Mentally, penalty kicks are unbelievably draining, but physically there's not much to it.
Players tend to run out of energy around the middle of the first OT. Having them play until someone scores could make marathon runners look like wimps. Soccer could legitimately become life and death
History
The shootout was introduced to the World Cup in 1978. There have been 24 shootouts in the 39 games that have entered extra time since (62%).
Winner Before the penalty shootout, a knockout round game would end in a draw and the match would be replayed at a later date. That wouldn't work now, but the idea was there, let's keep playing until someone wins.
Pride
Obviously everyone will take it, but it's almost embarrassing to win on penalties.
Winner The last men standing will feel as though they've given everything to their country, and finally broke through.

The Winner Is

Winner Continuous Play
3 out of 5

Sure penalties are exciting, but it does not in any way determine which team was truly better on that day.

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