Attacker Defender Goalkeeper (ADG) is an alternative to the penalty shootout.* ADG features a series of ten contests where an attacker has 30 seconds to score a goal against a defender and a goalkeeper. At the completion of the contests, the team with the most goals is the winner.
The advantages of ADG include:
You can read a of ADG, or download the full . Donations are available for clubs who participate in ADG testing. Please email for more information.
Four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup were decided by the penalty shootout, which equals the most in World Cup history. The semi final between the Netherlands and Argentina was a lacklustre contest with both teams seemingly happy for the match to be decided by penalties. And with everything that is at stake in modern football, it's inevitable that more and more showpiece matches will also end in disappointing stalemates.
The penalty shootout is also an inherently unfair tiebreaker with the team kicking first having a .2 Nine consecutive penalty shootouts were won by the team kicking first at the FIFA World Cup during a period from .
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 net?
Quite simply, what ADG will deliver is spectacular and exhilarating goals. It's due to the skill and grace of movement of the world's great players that we call football the "beautiful game" and the reason why it's the most popular sport on earth.
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.
"Penalties are awful, unfair, but what else is there?"