The Executive Committee has approved a proposal that has been debated for some time: it changes as early as 2021/2022
Now it’s official: from the 2021/2022 season the away goals rule will be abolished in all Uefa club competitions. In the event that two teams find themselves with the same number of goals scored and conceded in a return match, therefore, it will no longer be the team that has scored the most away goals. The outcome will be decided in extra time and, in the event of a further tie, on penalties.
The rule, in force since 1965, was considered obsolete by many, including the UEFA president, Alexander Ceferin, who in fact welcomed the decision with satisfaction: “Many coaches, fans and other players in the world of football have questioned the fairness of this rule and expressed their preference for it to be canceled – he said -. The rule lately goes against its original goal, as it dissuades the home teams from attacking, because they fear that conceding a goal could give the opponents a crucial advantage. Other criticisms were that in case of overtime the home team was obliged to to score twice in case of a goal from that host. The advantage of playing at home today is not as significant as it once was. “
As away goals will no longer have an additional weight in determining the outcome of a 180-minute match, they will also be removed from the criteria used to determine the standings when two or more teams are tied for points in the group stage, but only by those applied to the matches played by the teams in question (goal difference in head to head matches). Instead, they would remain among the additional criteria applied to all group matches if the teams remain with the same points (overall goal difference), in order to maintain an adequate number of criteria to determine the passage of the round.