UEFA’s Executive Committee has finally reached the contentious decision to scrap the away goals rule from its competitions.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying the long-standing rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions in the 2021/2022 season.
As a result of the new rule, fixtures in which the two teams score is tied over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, if required, penalty kicks.
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.”