State association permits soccer shootouts
On Wednesday, the N.C. High School Athletic Association approved soccer shootouts for conference matches beginning with the 2014-2015 seasons.
League soccer games will be able to go to shootouts (penalty kicks) to settle ties after two 10-minute overtime periods.
Currently, league matches end in ties following the two extra sessions.
The decision to retain draws or go to penalties will be made on a league-by-league basis.
Shootouts have previously only been used in state playoffs.
Games ending in draws are customary, of course, in college and professional soccer.
Rick Strunk, the NCHSAA's associate commissioner of communications, wrote in an email to The Dispatch that there had been a "couple" of requests for the new option.
VERDICT: The move seems unnecessary although it should provide some added excitement for players and fans. A better adjustment would have been creating a table similar to those used in the pro ranks. Three points for a win, one point for a draw. The team with the most points after the round-robin season wins. The first tiebreaker is goal differential. Soccer isn't broken. No need to fix it.
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