The UEFA Champions League, Europa League and other European club competitions will no longer use the away goals rule from the 2021/22 football season, UEFA said on Thursday.
AFP reports that the rule which was introduced in 1965 was used to determine the winner of a two-legged knockout tie in cases where the two teams had scored the same number of goals on aggregate over the two matches.
According to the President of UEFA – Aleksander Ceferinin on Thursday, the away goal rule that actually discouraged home teams from attacking, especially in the first leg was voted out in favour of extra time and a penalty shootout.
He said, “It is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight.
“Although there was no unanimity of views, many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairness and have expressed a preference for the rule to be abolished,” Ceferin said in a statement.
“The impact of the rule now runs counter to its original purpose as, in fact, it now dissuades home teams – especially in first legs – from attacking, because they fear conceding a goal that would give their opponents a crucial advantage.
“There is also criticism of the unfairness, especially in extra time, of obliging the home team to score twice when the away team has scored.”
With the away goal rule scrapped from the 2021-2022 season, if the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs, the tie will be decided by playing two 15-minute periods of extra time at the end of the second leg.
In the event that the teams score the same number of goals or fail to score at all during extra time, a penalty shootout will then be held to decide the winner.
Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Women’s Champions League matches will no longer use the away goals rule.
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