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What is the longest penalty shootout in football history?

17:58 WAT 12/12/2022
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Have you ever wondered what the longest penalty shootout in history is?

The penalty shoot-out, without a doubt, is the most intense climax to a game of football that players and fans can experience. The format is relatively simple: If the scores are still level after normal time and extra time, each team will have five penalties to decide a winner. If the scores are level after 10 penalties, it goes to sudden death.

Whilst it is spectacular drama for neutral, this whole ordeal seldom feels like the 'fairest' way to decide the fates of two teams. Then again, if there isn't a clear winner of a knockout match after 120 minutes of football, what is?

In the 2022 World Cup, a much-fancied Brazil side crashed out on penalties vs Croatia, losing the penalty shoot-out by four goals to two. But every now and then, the shootout has gone well beyond this type of score line.

In January 2022, Liverpool beat Chelsea 11-10 on penalties to win the Carabao Cup final. With all 22 first-team players taking a penalty that day.

But have you ever wondered what the longest penalty shootout ever was? GOAL explains here.

What is the longest-ever penalty shootout?

The world record for longest-ever penalty shootout was set in March of 2022, when Washington overcame Bedlington 25-24, two non-league teams from the North-East of England.

The two sides were facing off in the first round of the Memorial Cup. The match finished 3-3 after extra time, only for an additional 49 goals to be netted in the shootout.

What are the longest penalty shootouts in history?

Aside from the aforementioned spot kicks, courtesy of two 10th-English tier clubs, there have been other shootout anomalies. You can see the list of the longest penalty shootouts below.

Shootout scoreYearNumber of Penalties
Washington 25 - 24 Bedlington202254
KK Palace 17 - 16 The Civics200548
Old Wulfrunians 19 - 18 Lane Head202144
Netherlands U21 13 - 12 England U21200732
Scunthorpe 14 - 13 Worcester201432
Liverpool 14 - 13 Middlesbrough201430
Olympiacos 15 - 14 AEK Athens200830
Brockenhurst 15 - 14 Andover Town201330
Villarreal 11 - 10 Manchester United202122
Macclesfield 11 - 10 Forest Green200122
Liverpool 11 - 10 Chelsea202222

What is the most dramatic penalty shootout that you can remember?