Away objectives scrapped in Champions League and Europa
Away goals will no longer occur as UEFA confirmed today that the rule in the Champions League and Europa League will be abolished from the start of the new season.
The European Football Association has now announced that if the score is still equal, games will be decided by overtime and penalty shoot-outs.
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Below is the UEFA statement that ends much of European football that divided opinions but has still provided great entertainment over the years …
? The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions from the 2021/22 season.
In the event of a tie where the two teams score the same number of goals in both games, there are now two 15-minute overtimes and penalty shoot-outs if necessary
– UEFA (@UEFA) June 24, 2021
On the one hand, it’s a shame to change the rules so that games tend to end on penalties, but the away goals rule may have felt a bit out of date.
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The rule may have made sense at a time when traveling from home against a lesser-known opponent was more of a thing, but that’s certainly not the case in the modern game.
It will be interesting to see how that affects the competition and if one day it looks like it’s worth bringing back.