OFFICIAL - UEFA abolishes away goals rule

24.06.2021 15:40 of F.T. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
OFFICIAL - UEFA abolishes away goals rule
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Big news for the knockout matches in UEFA club competitions: the away goals rule has been abolished from the 2021-2022 season on. President Aleksander Ceferin explained that "the rule now runs counter to its original purpose", and it dissuades teams from playing attacking football. 

Here is the official statement: "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. 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".