UEFA Scraps Away Goals Rule For Club Competitions From Next Season
UEFA said it is scrapping the away goals rules from their club competitions, meaning two-legged ties will now go to extra time if the scores are level after both legs.
- UEFA said it is scrapping the away goals rule from its club competitions
- Now two-legged ties will be decided in extra time if scores are level
- "No longer appropriate for away goals to carry more weight": UEFA chief
UEFA said on Thursday it will scrap the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season in favour of extra time and a penalty shootout. Introduced in 1965, the rule 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. 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.
The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the 2021/22 season.- UEFA (@UEFA) June 24, 2021
Ties in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, if required, penalty kicks.#UCL #UWCL #UEL #UYL
Statistics since the mid-1970s show a clear trend of continuous reduction in the gap between the number of home-away wins (from 61%-19% to 47%-30%) and the average number of goals per match scored at home-away (from 2.02-0.95 to 1.58-1.15) in men's competitions.- UEFA (@UEFA) June 24, 2021
Since 2009/10, the average goals per game have remained very steady in the #UWCL with the overall average of 1.92 for home teams and 1.6 for away teams.- UEFA (@UEFA) June 24, 2021
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.
"It is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight," said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
He said the away goals rule actually discouraged home teams from attacking, especially in the first leg.
"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."