UEFA Removes The Away Goals Rule

Roma have risen from their ruins… Manolas the Greek God in Rome. The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes…

It is a Greek from Mount Olympus who has come to the seven hills of Rome and pulled off a miracle.”

“Corner taken quickly…Origi!”

Football was provided with that piece of poetry and that iconic phrase by Peter Drury and Steve Hunter on nights where AS Roma and Liverpool Fc defied the odds to qualify despite suffering heavy defeats away. Will Football be throwing such exciting nights away?

The idea behind the introduction of the rule in 1965-66 was to remove the need for a tie-breaker at a neutral venue and to encourage teams to attack away from home.

On June 24, 2021, UEFA confirmed that the away goals rule would no longer be used in its club competitions from the 2021-22 season on.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin explained: “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.”

Is this reason tangible enough for the rule to be scrapped?

In 2015, Arsene Wenger branded the rule “outdated” after his Arsenal side were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco.

“It should count, maybe, after extra time,” Wenger told reporters. “This rule was created in the 60s to encourage teams to attack away from home, but football has changed since the 1960s and the weight of the away goal is too big today.”

Will this rule encourage more defending? Would it give smaller teams a much more better chance to qualify from two legged ties?
Would the drama and excitement of teams getting knocked out or qualifying due to the rule fizzle out?

A team’s style of play is dependent on the Manager’s style and not if they are home. Home teams try to win in front of their fans in an attempt to take a sizable lead away which they could defend.

I don’t agree with UEFA’s position on this as I feel this would encourage more defending in the competition especially amongst less gifted teams.
Hopefully Football doesn’t lose it sauce and it would bring us more entertainment.


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