UEFA to scrap away goals rule in all European club competitions

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UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the UEFA Women’s Football Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee said on Thursday it will scrap the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season in favour of extra time and a penalty shootout.

“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 handle of UEFA tweeted.

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“Statistics since the mid-1970s show a clear trend of continuous reduction in the gap between the number of home-away wins (from 61%-19% to 47%-30%) and the average number of goals per match scored at home-away (from 2.02-0.95 to 1.58-1.15) in men’s competitions,” the tweet added.

“Since 2009/10, the average goals per game have remained very steady in the #UWCL with the overall average of 1.92 for home teams and 1.6 for away teams,” the tweet further added.

“The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965,” president Aleksander Ceferin said according to dailystar.co.uk.

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“However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years. 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,” added Ceferin.

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