UEFA Club Competition Committee votes to end goal rule
The away goals rule will soon be a thing of the past in European competition.
UEFA’s club competitions committee voted to repeal the rule on Friday, pending approval from the UEFA Executive Committee.
The away goals rule was first introduced in the 1965-66 Cup Winners’ Cup. It was introduced in the European Cup for the first round of the 1967-68 competition, and spread to subsequent rounds in 1970-71.
This season, Paris Saint-Germain have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals by beating Bayern Munich on away goals.
As Porto beat Juventus on away goals after extra time to set up a quarter-final with Chelsea.
However, there is a feeling the rule has become obsolete and in danger of alienating new fans.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been among the most vocal critics of the away goals rule.
“What he’s doing today is encouraging the home team not to attack,” he said in 2015, “You protect your clean sheet because it becomes vital. So that encourages more defensive football in certain situations than attacking football. “
It’s not the only major change that could hit the Champions League.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has supported a ‘final 4’ format, influenced by last season’s sprint to the final in Portugal.
According to the proposal, the semi-finals and the final would be held in the one city where the semi-finals would be limited to a single stage.
The quarter-finals were played in such a format to end the 2019-2020 campaign.
“Personally, I would like this to be done,” Ceferin said. The team, “I am for a ‘final 4’ in the Champions League.
“It could be great. And revenue efficient if done right.”
The Slovenian added: “We are discussing it”, but warned that the proposal is not urgent, saying “We can decide this in a year”.