- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

The World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands is tied 0-0 after 90 minutes Sunday and will go into extra time.

A quick look at the rules for extra time:

_ There are 30 minutes of extra time, played in two, 15-minute halves. Unlike the NFL’s version, there is no sudden death. If you score in the first minute of extra time or the 29th, the game continues until all 30 minutes have been played.

_ If the score is still tied after extra time, the game is decided in a penalty shootout. Five players from each team alternate taking a shot at the goal from the penalty spot, which is 12 yards out, with only the opposing goalkeeper to stop the ball. It’s a bit of a chess match, with the goalkeeper trying to read body language to guess where a player will shoot, and the player doing whatever he can to fool the goalkeeper.

The team that makes the most penalty kicks wins the game.

_ If the game is still tied after that first round of penalty kicks, then it goes to sudden-death rounds: one kick per team until one side scores and the other doesn’t.


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