Acting on the recommendation of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the UEFA Women’s Football Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to remove the so-called away goals rule from all UEFA club competition (men, women and youth) as of the qualifying phases of the 2021/22 competitions.
According to UEFA, the away goals rule was applied to determine the winner of a two-legged knockout tie in cases where the two teams had scored the same number of goals on aggregate over the two matches. In such cases, the team which had scored the higher number of goals away from home was considered the winner of the tie and qualified for the next round of the competition.
If the two teams had scored the same number of goals at home and away at the end of normal playing time in the second leg, extra time was played, followed by kicks from the penalty mark if no goal was scored.
“The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the 2021/22 season ties in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and if required, penalty kicks,” the official Twitter of UEFA tweeted.
It is 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 is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than one scored at home,” the president of UEFA concluded to ANI.