Major change in UEFA Champions League and Europa League rules that could impact Liverpool
Liverpool’s European fixtures next season could have a new dynamic if they reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, with UEFA considering abolishing the away goals rule, according to a report.
The rule – first introduced in European competitions in 1965 – is used in the Champions League and Europa League when the score of a two-legged match is at the same level as the team that has scored the most goals. outside.
The Times claims that 56 years after its first introduction, there is a growing feeling that the rule is outdated and a decision to drop it will be considered at Friday’s meeting of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee in Porto before the Champions League final.
If there is enough support to abolish it, the governing body of European football will seek to start the process to change the rule.
UEFA first introduced the away goals rule as a tie-break to encourage attacking play by visiting teams at a time when many teams were unfamiliar with the playing styles or tactics of the team. opposition during their travels and often tried to suffocate their hosts with a negative approach.
Over half a century later, tactical innovations, changes in the laws of the game, and a sport that is more cosmopolitan in every way have seemingly eroded his need.
The rule has often confused those unfamiliar with how it works, but many commentators are guilty of wrongly stating that “away goals count double” in European competition.
They never did, it’s just that the team that has scored the most away goals wins a tie if the aggregate scores are even.