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Post by RealGunner Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:28 pm

Away goals rule scrapped in Uefa competitions including Champions League

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."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57599780


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Post by elitedam Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:50 pm

I'm 100% in favor of it being scrapped.
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Post by Warrior Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:02 pm

Did UEFA just take a decision that actually improves football ?? I must be dreaming
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Post by El Gunner Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:49 pm

about damn time!
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:12 pm

Ugh here comes the age of parking the bus away. A mistake imo
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Post by El Gunner Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:08 pm

first legs are always boring more often than not anyway regardless of home or away, and second legs will always be more fiery. It's for the best, the pros >>> the cons
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Post by Kaladin Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:50 pm

Terrible decision
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Post by Freeza Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:05 pm

Finally. Would have accepted just removing it in extra time.
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Post by M99 Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:42 pm

Most people that are against it are simply because they are so used to away goals. Never made any damn sense. About time.
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Post by Myesyats Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:57 am

This rule sort of made sense since as I see it, it always used to be harder to score an away goal in front of a hostile crowd and easier to score at home with the fans behind your back. Now that stadiums are deserted thanks to Corvid, I suppose this rhetoric kinda lost its weight. The home-away contrast used to be much more noticeable.

It definitely gives an unfair advantage, especially in extra time, and although I wouldn't mind either way I'm ultimately glad that they scrapped it.


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Post by Hapless_Hans Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:17 am

I don't like it

they should have scrapped it fpr the pandemic time, now it should have been back
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Post by Kaladin Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:23 am

It will just promote teams to sit back and defend on away games, then do the job on home ground

Whereas previously there was an incentive to scoring away

We'll see how it pans out but let me tell you this - Italian managers and teams will love this new format. It gels well with how they like to approach games, close up shop away, then go for the win at home. A fond tactic of coaches like Allegri, Mourinho, Pioli, Conte, etc. Usually dubbed as cowardice by fans.
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Post by Warrior Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:32 am

A rule that don't make much sense. A goal away is more difficult in certain cases but never up to deserving to win in case of a draw.

I don't really mind the tactical effect, defend more away instead of home, big deal
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Post by Arquitecto Fri Jun 25, 2021 5:51 pm

I am on the fence about it.

But also cannot find any objective reason so leaning slowly towards the fact simply because I am so used to it, hence why Im not embracing the change right away.
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Post by BarcaLearning Fri Jun 25, 2021 6:12 pm

Im also undecided, gonna wait to see how it goes next season what it results in and feels like when they teams actually play, we will see. However its pretty clear UEFA has decided so its gonna be that way Razz
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Post by Superstone Mariomintsch Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:02 pm

@Kaladin wrote:It will just promote teams to sit back and defend on away games, then do the job on home ground

Whereas previously there was an incentive to scoring away

We'll see how it pans out but let me tell you this - Italian managers and teams will love this new format. It gels well with how they like to approach games, close up shop away, then go for the win at home. A fond tactic of coaches like Allegri, Mourinho, Pioli, Conte, etc. Usually dubbed as cowardice by fans.

I agree with this. There have been many brilliant second leg games due to away goals rule. What should be scraped is the away goal effect in extra time. The team who plays away on the second leg has 120 minutes to score away goals as opposed to 90 minutes for their opponent. It should be 90 minutes of away goals time for each team, then no away goal rule in 30 minutes
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