UEFA Scraps Away Goals Rule In All European Club Competitions

UEFA Scraps Away Goals Rule In All European Club Competitions 2
This handout offered by UEFA exhibits UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin giving a press convention closing an govt Committee assembly on the UEFA headquarters on June 17, 2020 in Nyon. AFP PHOTO / UEFA / Harold Cunningham.

 

UEFA mentioned on Thursday it should scrap the away objectives rule for all of its membership competitions from subsequent season in favour of additional time and a penalty shootout.

Introduced in 1965, the rule was used to find out the winner of a two-legged knockout tie in instances the place the 2 groups had scored the identical variety of objectives on mixture over the 2 matches.

From the 2021-2022 season, if the 2 groups rating the identical variety of objectives over the 2 legs, the tie can be determined by enjoying two 15-minute durations of additional time on the finish of the second leg.

In the occasion that the groups rating the identical variety of objectives or fail to attain in any respect throughout additional time, a penalty shootout will then be held to resolve the winner.

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Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Women’s Champions League matches will now not use the away objectives rule.

“It is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight,” mentioned UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

He mentioned the away objectives rule really discouraged residence groups from attacking, particularly within 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 mentioned in an announcement.

“The impression of the rule now runs counter to its unique function as, actually, it now dissuades residence groups – particularly in first legs – from attacking, as a result of they worry conceding a aim that will give their opponents an important benefit.

“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.”

AFP

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UEFA Scraps Away Goals Rule In All European Club Competitions

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