UEFA Makes Crucial Change Ahead of 2021–22 Champions League, Europa League Season

UEFA Makes Crucial Change Ahead of 2021–22 Champions League, Europa League Season

  • Teams participating in UEFA competitions next campaign must be ready to score goals if they must progress
  • UEFA is no longer using the away goal rule in their competitions starting from the 2020-21 campaign
  • A number of teams including Porto and PSG used it to progress to the next stage of the championship last season

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As from the 2021-22 season, the away rule will no longer be functional in any UEFA organised competitions.

The European football governing body's president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed the development as reported by Sky Sports.

Although the decision to abolish the rule was not unanimous, but there was a preference for it to no longer be implemented.

UEFA makes crucial change ahead of 2020-21 Champions League, Europa League season
UEFA scrapping away goals rules in their competition from next season. Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance
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Up until now, the rule was use to decide the winner after a two-legged affair in a knockout situation with both teams scoring the same number of aggregate goals.

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The law favoured any team with more away goals to go through to the next stage after the two fixtures.

Recall that FC Porto benefited from the rule last campaign after edging Juventus out of in the round of 16. The same goes to Paris Saint Germain in the 2021-22 season.

What Aleksander Ceferin said as regards the away goal rule

Tottenham Hotspur equally benefited from the same rule in 2019 after beating Manchester City on away goals in the quarters and then Ajax in the semis. Ceferin said:

"The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965.
"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."

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The UEFA president also believes that the move could force teams to employ more offensive tactics, thereby producing more goals.

UEFA clears Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid for Champions League next season

Legit.ng earlier reported that Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid will participate in the Champions League next season in spite of their connection with the failed Super League project.

UEFA confirmed that the disciplinary action against the three clubs has been suspended by the independent appeals body.

The football body already was investigating the three clubs for refusing to denounce their affiliation with the breakaway plan.

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