Footage captured by the Sky Sports high definition cameras, now installed at the back of football nets, have enabled Director of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Tim Cable, to study last season’s UEFA Champions League and this season’s Premier League penalties, to pinpoint the optimum technique for taking winning spot-kicks.



Professor Cable’s perfect penalty tips come following Arsenal’s dramatic penalty shoot-out win and are as follows:


* The ball needs to cross the goal line at exactly 0.5m below crossbar and 0.5m inside the post.

* The ball needs to be kicked at a speed greater than 65mph.

* This requires a run up of 5/6 steps.

* The striker needs to commence his run up from the edge of [b18 yard[/b] line with an angle of approach of 20-30 degrees to the ball.


A penalty strike following these guidelines – requiring extreme accuracy and speed – is, according to Professor Cable, a ‘high-risk strategy’ but ‘virtually unstoppable’ by a goalkeeper. With dedicated practice, it would ensure a 100% scoring rate.

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