UEFA Away Goal Rule
The UEFA Executive Committee has approved the bid to end the “away goals” rule within the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League, and Women’s Champions League.
After the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the UEFA Women’s Football Committee recommended an end to this rule in May, we finally see an established decision on where the UEFA stands.
UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, notes how the rule is no longer appropriate with how the game is played today.
The “away goals” rule was used to determine the winner in the event of a tie. The idea is when two teams have scored the same number of goals in total over the two games played, the team with the higher number of goals during the away game would be considered the winner.
This rule was created for several reasons. Back in 1965, when the rule was initially introduced, it was due to the heavy home advantage we saw within these championships. Cross-continental travel was much more difficult back then, and the home advantage was statistically evident.
With an entire stadium supporting a team, the adrenaline kicks in, resulting in better play. Moreover, playing in the stadium where you practice, knowing every nook and cranny of your pitch, and how the ball plays on the field is one of the many factors.
Home Vs. Away Games
Thus, the league has noticed there isn’t much of a difference between playing at home or away in recent years.
In dissolving it, UEFA noted factors such as pitch quality, stadium infrastructure, and new technology, specifically the video assistant referee (VAR), as reasons to change this rule. Moreover, fans can travel with ease nowadays to see teams at away games bringing just as much hometown support as before.
One of the most significant factors in meriting this change was the strategies that were being implemented when the rule was in place. Home teams would concede scoring home goals to focus on defense in hopes that they would then score during their away games.
Instead of risking their all for a goal, teams would rather fight for a clean sheet which ultimately, would give them a better chance at advancing to the next stage.
Many league fans are happy to see this rule go as it brings forth more exciting gameplay. But those who bet on games such as this may see this as a disadvantage or at least a startling change to something they were familiar with.
Goal Advantage For Betting
Bettors would take this away goal advantage into consideration as they considered which team they may pick to win a specific bet.
Our advice? Stick to what you know when betting on games within these championships but do not discount this change. As of now, instead of losing or winning within the two games (despite a draw), there are possibilities of extra time and penalty shootouts which may bring changes to who wins in the end.