Date: 6th August 2017 at 7:01am
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This afternoon`s Community Shield game between Chelsea and Arsenal will see the FA trial a new system for penalty shoot-outs, should the game need to be decided after 90 minutes.

The idea being to make the process fairer on the team taking the second spot kick. Like a tiebreak in tennis, the first team to attempt to score in each pair of kicks will be alternated. So, A-B, B-A, A-B, B-A, A-B, rather than the traditional A-B,A-B etc??

It`s a format that will be used across all English Football League cup competitions this coming season.

Chelsea last picked up the Community Shield in 2009 when they beat Manchester United on penalties. The game finished 2-2 and the shoot-out finished with a convincing 4-1 victory for the Blues.

Chelsea`s last appearance in the traditional season opener was just 2 years ago when as League Champions, our opponents were serial FA Cup winners?..Arsenal, who ran out winners 1-0 with a goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Whatever the outcome this afternoon, there is one thing that is certain. After all the talk and conjecture surrounding the rights and wrongs of the transfer window, real football is back. The talking can now take place on the pitch and won`t that be a blessed relief.

 
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