England Penalty Shoot Outs

  • The first penalty shoot-out, or to give it it's official name "Kicks from the penalty mark", that England were involved in, was against Germany in the World Cup '90 semi-final.
    Penalty shoot-outs are not covered in the rules of the game as dictated by the rule making body IFAB. They are primarily used in competitions where a result must be forced on the day. The first major tournament to include penalty shoot-outs was the 1976 European Championship. Prior to that there was usually a replay within a couple of days of the draw, or in the case of the Home Championship the title was shared, but in today's modern game it would be impossible to countenance that. Shoot-outs are used only to decide which team progresses in a tournament. They are not used to decide which team wins. "Won on penalties" is a misnomer, it is technically "Progressed on penalties" and the game is classified as a draw.

    Why do England always do badly in Penalty Shoot-Outs? - a bit of englandstats analysis.

    England are truly awful at Penalty Shoot-Outs. Of the eight they have been involved in they have only triumphed in one: versus Spain in the Euro '96 quarter-final.
    The number of penalties taken is relatively even: England 40 - Opposition 41. So we can have a look at the numbers to see if a pattern emerges. Hitting the target doesn't seem to be a problem. England have only missed the target three times whilst opposition takers have missed six times. So clearly being able to hit a target 24ft wide and 8ft high from 12 yards is not the issue. However, if we look at the goalkeepers we find that opposition 'keepers managed to save 11 England penalties whereas England goalkeepers have only saved three. Also, in all but one of the penalty shoot-outs the opposition goalkeeper has managed to save at least one of England's spot kicks. The match that they didn't? England won!
    Being able to tuck the ball just inside the post or into the roof of the net is difficult and the risk of missing the target obviously increases. What we can read from the statistics is that English takers seem to be more content with the 50/50 approach of trying to make the 'keeper dive the wrong way. Whereas opposition takers are far more willing to take a risk of putting the ball beyond the reach of the 'keeper. It's only a small data sample but it would seem that it's a risk worth taking.

England Penalty Shoot Out Takers


England Penalty Shoot Outs by Competition

    • Type
    • Total
    • Scored
    • Missed
    • Conversion %
    • World Cup Finals
    • 14
    • 7
    • 7
    • 50%
    • European Championship Finals
    • 21
    • 16
    • 5
    • 76.2%
    • King Hassan II Tournament
    • 5
    • 3
    • 2
    • 60%
    • Total
    • 40
    • 26
    • 14
    • 65%

Penalty Shoot Outs by Result

    • England
    • Result
    • Hit Bar
    • 1
    • Saved
    • 11
    • Scored
    • 26
    • Shoots Over
    • 2
    • Opposition
    • Result
    • Hit Bar
    • 1
    • Hit Post
    • 1
    • Saved
    • 3
    • Scored
    • 33
    • Shoots Over
    • 1
    • Shoots Wide
    • 2

Penalty Shoot Outs - Full List - 81 Penalties Taken - 40 England - 41 Opposition