UEFA has confirmed that the away goals rule will be abolished from European competitions from the 2021-22 season.
The away goals rule is a method of tie-breaking in football when teams play each other twice, once at each team’s home ground.
By the away goals rule, the team that has scored more goals “away from home” wins, if the total goals scored by each team are otherwise equal. This is sometimes expressed by saying that away goals “count double” in the event of a tie.
UEFA released a statement confirming that the rule change would come into play for 2021-22 competitions.
It reads: “Following the recommendation of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the UEFA Women’s Football Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee has today approved a proposal to remove the so-called away goals rule from all UEFA club competitions (men, women and youth) as of the qualifying phases of the 2021-22 competitions.”
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin also explained the decision to some reporters following the release of the statement. He claimed that the removal of the away goal rule would ease the pressure on teams playing the first leg of their ties at home.
“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.” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.