Away goals rule abolished for UEFA club competitions from the 2021-22 season

Away goals rule abolished for UEFA club competitions from the 2021-22 season

The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the start of the 2021-22 season, the governing body has confirmed.

The rule was applied to determine the winner of a home and away knockout match in cases where both teams had scored the same number of goals in total in both matches. If a team had scored more away goals, they would qualify for the next round.

Paris Saint-Germain and Porto both benefited from the decision in the 2020-21 Champions League campaign, as have PSG in the Women’s Champions League.

Meanwhile, Spurs advanced to the 2019 men’s final after beating Manchester City on away goals in the quarterfinals and then Ajax in the semifinals.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin revealed the decision was not unanimous, but admitted there was a preference to change the rule after its “fairness” was called into question.

“The away goals rule has been an integral part of UEFA competitions since its introduction in 1965,” said Ceferin.

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“However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings in recent years. Although there was no unanimity of views, many football coaches, fans and other stakeholders questioned its fairness and expressed a preference for the rule to be abolished. “

With the move applying to all UEFA men’s, women’s and youth competitions, Ceferin said the change could lead to more offensive relations.

Ceferin added: “The impact of the rule now defeats its original purpose as, in fact, it now deters home teams – especially in the first leg -om attacking because they fear conceding. a goal that would give their opponents a crucial advantage.

“There are also criticisms of the injustice, especially in overtime, of forcing the home team to score twice when the away team has scored.

“It’s fair to say that the home advantage isn’t as big as it used to be. Given the consistency across Europe in terms of playing styles, and many different factors that led to a decline in the home advantage, the UEFA Executive Committee made the right decision in adopting the point In view of the fact that it is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than a goal scored at home. “


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