UEFA Scraps Away Goals In Champions League, Europa League

The away goals rule has been abolished by UEFA’s Executive Committee.

In the 2021/2022 season, the away goals rule will be phased out in all UEFA club competitions.

On Thursday, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin made the announcement.

This means that matches in which both sides score the same number of goals over the two legs will now feature two 15-minute periods of extra time, as well as penalty kicks if necessary.

The statement read in part: “The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years.

“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.

“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.

“It’s fair to say that home advantage is nowadays no longer as significant as it once was.

“Taking into consideration the consistency across Europe in terms of styles of play, and many different factors which have led to a decline in home advantage, the UEFA Executive Committee has taken the correct decision in adopting the view that it’s no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than one scored at home. “

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