ABBA penalties made their debut in English football on Sunday (Picture: REUTERS)

Sunday’s Community Shield saw a new penalty shootout format used in English football for the very first time – the ABBA system.

Arsenal got the better of Chelsea in the shootout, thanks largely to two woeful penalties from Thibaut Courtois (yes, the goalkeeper) and Alvaro Morata, becoming the first team in England to win thanks to ABBA penalties, after their 1-1 draw in regulation time.

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But what is the new system and why has it been introduced?

Traditional penalty shootouts saw players on opposing teams (Team A and Team B) take their spot-kicks alternately – AB AB AB.

Petr Cech was not needed thanks to Courtois’ woeful effort (Picture: Reuters)

However, there was thought to be an unfair level of pressure on Team B who had to take their penalties second in this system.

The new system sees teams taking back-to-back penalties AB BA AB BA AB BA – therefore reducing the mental pressure of being the second team to take the penalty.

Arsenal celebrate their win over Chelsea (AP Photo)

The system will now be used in the EFL Cup, EFL Trophy and the playoffs.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: ‘We welcome innovation at the EFL and I am pleased to see that the EFL is able to play its part in an important development for football.

‘We all want football matches to be decided in a fair and consistent manner and I am sure the new system will add an interesting dynamic to the conclusion of matches in our competitions if required.’

Community Shield 2017 penalty shootout

A – Garry Cahill scored for Chelsea

B – Theo Walcott scored for Arsenal

B – Nacho Monreal scored for Arsenal

A – Thibaut Courtois missed for Chelsea

A – Alvaro Morata missed for Chelsea

B – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored for Arsenal

B – Olivier Giroud scored for Arsenal

Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties

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