UEFA scraps away goal rule in European club competitions from 2021/22 season


The governing body of European football, the UEFA, has decided to scrap the away goal from all pan-European club competitions 2021/22 season. The UEFA said that matches would have to be extended by 30 minutes in the event that teams are tied in terms of goals in the future.

The UEFA said, “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.”

It added, “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 football governing body concluded that ‘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.’

Under the existing rules, a team scoring more goals in an away match would be declared a winner even if they lost their home game against the same team.

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