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The away goals rule in European club football is to be abolished from the start of next season, governing body Uefa has confirmed.

The rule, used since 1965, decided drawn two-legged games by favouring the team that scored the most away goals.

All ties level on aggregate at the end of the second leg will instead go to extra time and potentially penalties.

"It is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

Uefa's club competitions committee made the proposal in May and it has now been approved by the body's executive committee.

It means games in the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Women's Champions League will no longer use the rule.

Uefa says there is now a smaller gap between the number of home and away wins as well as home and away goals scored in European competitions compared to when the rule was introduced, reducing home advantage.

It says that is down to a number of factors including pitch quality, improved stadium infrastructure and new technology such as the video assistant referee.

"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," Ceferin added.

"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 now no longer as significant as it once was."
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About time IMO...finally a good decision.
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The arguments against away goals were made decades ago when they scrapped them for the playoffs in this country and even then some teams had been badly, badly let down by the very real injustices the rule allowed. Better late than never, though.
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Good!
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mothbanquet wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:20 pm The arguments against away goals were made decades ago when they scrapped them for the playoffs in this country and even then some teams had been badly, badly let down by the very real injustices the rule allowed. Better late than never, though.
Amazingly this rule has been used for 56 years since it's introduction in 1965.
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The game has moved on since this rule was introduced. It was brought in to try and encourage away teams to be more positive and try and score., this clearly isn't the case nowadays . Time for it to go
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There must have been a study inside UEFA that ESL clubs were being penalised by away goals.
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Gandalf wrote:

There must have been a study inside UEFA that ESL clubs were being penalised by away goals.
You think :mrgreen:
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It's really about time - it was ridiculous in the first place and quite contradictory to the original rules of the game.
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