UEFA eliminates the double value of goals in rival field

The highest body ended with a rule that had existed since 1965 and that had generated much debate. The penalties will be the ones that tiebreakers.


UEFA announced the end of the double value of away goals in its competitions in a historic decision that ends a claim that several coaches and analysts had sued for many years. The regulations will go into effect from next season. "Following the recommendation of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the UEFA Women's Football Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee today approved a proposal to remove the so-called away-field goal rule from all competitions in UEFA clubs (men, women and youth) from the qualifying phases of the 2021/22 competitions ", reads the official communication of the maximum organization.

The double value of the away goals had resulted in a tendency to consider goalless draws as good as local in the first leg and also represented an injustice in the second leg for the one who played at home in moments with everything even as an extension , for example: "With the decision to remove this rule, the heats in which the two teams score the same number of goals in the two games will not be decided by the number of goals scored away from home, but an overtime will be played. with two periods of 15 minutes at the end of the second leg and, in the event that the teams score the same number of goals or do not score any goals during this extra time, the kicks from the penalty spot will determine the team that qualifies for the next phase of the competition ".

UEFA also explained that there is statistical weight behind this historic decision. "Statistics from the mid-1970s to now show a clear trend towards a continual reduction in the difference between the number of home and home wins (from 61% / 19% to 47% / 30%) and the goals per game scored at home and away (from 2.02 / 0.95 to 1.58 / 1.15) in men's competitions, while since 2009/10, the average number of goals per game has remained very stable in the UEFA Women's Champions League, with an overall average of 1.92 for home teams and 1.6 for away teams. "

For his part, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin was satisfied after abolishing a rule that had become unfair: "The away-field goal rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions ever since. introduced in 1965 (...) The impact of the rule now goes against its original purpose, since, in fact, it now deters home teams, especially in the first leg, from attacking, because they fear to concede a goal that would give their rivals a crucial advantage. The injustice, especially in extra time, of forcing the home team to score twice when the away team has scored is also criticized. "

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