UEFA in its Instagram handle confirmed that the away goals rule has been totally abolished from all UEFA club competitions starting from the 2021/22 season.
It was further explained that with the decision to remove this rule, ties in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs would be not decided on the number of goals scored away, but two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, in case the teams score the same number of goals or no goals during this extra time, penalty kicks.
Further more, UEFA statistics shows the from the mid-1970s until now show a clear trend of continuous reduction in the gap between the number of home-away wins (from 61%-19% to 47%-30%) and the average number of goals per match scored at home-away (from 2.02-0.95 to 1.58-1.15) in men’s competitions, whereas since 2009/10, the average goals per game have remained very steady in the UEFA Women’s Champions with the overall average of 1.92 for home teams and 1.6 for away team.
UEFA President Aleksander 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”.
He added: “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.