UEFA has said it will scrap the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season in favor of extra time and a penalty shootout.
Introduced in 1965, the rule was used 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.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin in a press briefing said from the 2021-2022 season, if the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs, the tie will be decided by playing two 15-minute periods of extra time at the end of the second leg.
According to Ceferin, the question of the away goals abolition had been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years, with many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders questioning its fairness and expressing 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. 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.”