Attacker Defender Goalkeeper (ADG) is a new alternative to the penalty kick shootout.* ADG features a series of ten contests in which an attacker has thirty seconds to score a goal against a defender and goalkeeper. At the completion of the ten contests, the team with the most goals is the winner.

The 5th August 2010 marked the fortieth anniversary of the penalty kick shootout and if indeed it ever had a place in the game, then that time has indisputably come to an end. No other aspect of football is as universally unpopular with players, managers and supporters. Let’s make sure that it’s not another forty years before this blight on an otherwise beautiful game is eradicated.

The advantages of ADG include:

  1. All players participate
  2. Showcases skill and athleticism
  3. Positive natured contest
  4. Strategy is vital
  5. Promotes attacking play
  6. Promotes fair play

It's also important to recognise that with the 2010 World Cup final we were only four minutes away from having two consecutive finals decided by penalties. With so much at stake in modern football, the likelihood of a showpiece match like a World Cup or Champions League final ending in a stalemate, has inevitably increased. In a survey involving close to four hundred people, 51% said that they thought shootouts were a lottery. In the same study, half of those surveyed believed there was a better way than shootouts to determine the result of drawn games.1

ADG is about the promotion and preservation of the beauty of the game. And what's better for the game – a player walking up and converting a penalty kick to win a major competition, or the same player at full speed, swerving past a defender and bending the ball into the back of the net? But ADG isn't just about the attacking players, it also gives defenders and goalkeepers equal opportunity to shine.

The undeniable benefit of ADG is that it combines the skill and athleticism of modern football with the inherent drama and tension of the penalty shootout. Most importantly, ADG provides a competitive environment where the superior football team will ultimately claim victory.

* While Kicks from the Penalty Mark is the official name, this website will use - penalty kick shootout. And penalty shootout, penalties or just shootout, will be used interchangeably.

"Penalties are awful, unfair, but what else is there?"

Laurent Blanc
Former French Player