In association football, the term equaliser means a run or goal that makes the scores of two teams equal or which results in a tie. Equaliser as a term is a Commonwealth English word.
When a player scores a goal that results in a tie, he or she can be considered as an equaliser. Most of the time, these players are considered as saviors of their teams, especially if they make their goal a few seconds away from the end of the game.
Since an equaliser results in a tie of scores, what usually happens after makes a soccer match more exciting. This is especially true when the equaliser was achieved before the end-of-the-game buzzer. If this happens, there are three main methods that are done to break the results of the thrilling goal made.
The first method is to create additional time or extra time. This means that the referee will call for a thirty-minute extension of the game that will be split into two periods of 15 minutes. When a team is ahead at the end of the extra time, it will be declared as the winner. In addition, all the goals scored during time will be part of the final score of the game.
Secondly is calling for a penalty shoot-out. During this shoot-out, each team will select five representatives who will do penalty kicks in an alternating manner. The team who earns the most goals after the 10 penalty kick attempts wins the game. If this second method does not produce a winner, then a tie may be declared or a final method may be imposed.
The third and final method is a penalty shoot-out using sudden death. This is done by letting each team select one representative to do a penalty kick. The first to shoot a goal wins the game.
Additional Equaliser Outcomes
There are some competitions that come with unique system of replays when an equaliser results in a draw. A good example of these competitions is the FA Cup, which allows a replay or rematch at the home field of the away team. This kind of method had been famous in other competitions in the earlier days, but lost favor after seeing that such matches cost a lot.
Another method is using the away goals rule. This rule declares the team that scored more in two leg games the winner. The score of the two games will be added and the team that has the most number wins.