Europe UEFA announces abolition of away goals rule in clubs competitions from next season

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UEFA have just confirmed that the away goals rule will be removed in all of club competitions starting from the qualifying stages next season.

The rule was first introduced in 1965 and has do good to some while hurting others.

Following a mountain of critics, the European football governing body has decided to cancel the rule as it aims at giving the same importance for home and away goals.

This change includes Men’s and Women’s champions league, Europa League and the Youth League as well.

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“The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years.”, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told the Association’s official website.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”


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