European football could be on the brink of a regulatory change that would mark a before and after, as it already did more than 50 years ago. It is that according to information published this Wednesday by the site The Sun, the UEFA will open the debate to definitively eliminate the advantage to away goals in all their competitions.
The new decision comes after last month, the agency agreed to reform this same rule, but only for extensions. The popularly called away goal It generates more emotion in the roundtrip series, but when the duels are extended to overtime, the local feels a disadvantage when seeing that their rival has 30 more minutes to be able to score one away from home. Although there would be a quorum for this to apply, it has not yet been made official and a second possibility has now been opened.
The body that governs European football is at least willing to let the heads of the clubs be the ones to discuss the possibility of eradicating the advantage of those who score goals as visitors. Currently, in the event of a tie at the end of 180 minutes, whoever has scored the most goals playing away is the one who qualifies, and in case both have done the same amount, the definition is extended to an extension or penalties.
If an agreement is reached and the rule is changed, away goals would no longer have additional value, so a 0-0 or 3-3 tie, for example, would be exactly the same. Although it is early to do analysis since the talks between the club bosses must begin time to apply this change before the start of the 2021/22 season.
The away goal rule has been in force for 56 yearsBut there has been growing concern about its continued relevance. Arsene Wenger, while in charge of England’s Arsenal, he felt that the regulations were counterproductive in terms of encouraging attacking football.
“The teams draw 0-0 at home and are happy. Rather than having a positive effect, it has been pushed too far tactically in the modern game. It has the opposite effect to what it was supposed to have. It favors defending well when you play at home “, he explained during a press conference in 2008. And the French coach added:” I think the tactical weight of the away goal has become too important. “