UEFA has announced that the away goals rule would be phased out of European tournaments beginning in the 2021-22 season.
The away goals rule has been in effect for more than half a century, however in UEFA club tournaments, it will no longer be utilized to decide knockout matches.
The rule currently “runs opposite to its original objective,” according to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who believes it discourages clubs from playing offensive football.
What is the away goals rule?
As of 2019 season, the UEFA club competition committee has agreed to abolish the away goals rule in European competitions.
Before the decision to repeal the restriction, which has been in place since 1965, is passed, it must be approved by UEFA’s executive committee, which will meet on July 9.
⚽ The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the 2021/22 season.
— UEFA (@UEFA) June 24, 2021
The Champions League, Europa League, and Euro Cup will all be affected by the rule change, according to The Times.
“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”
The Rule is Outmoded, say UEFA
Ceferin said: “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.
“It is fair to say that home advantage is nowadays no longer as significant as it once was.”
Uefa cited higher-quality and standardised pitches, technology such as goal line and VAR, “higher security conditions” and more sophisticated TV coverage as factors that have caused a blurring of the “lines between playing at home and away”.