Backed by top clubs, UEFA is planning to scrap the away goals rule from next season.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, UEFA is set to scrap the away goals rule partially in European competitions, meaning that away goals will not be taken into account if the game proceeds to extra time.
Usually, the teams with more away goals will have the advantage if the aggregate score is drawn and the rule has been existent since the 1965-66 season.
However, with many clubs including the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal played at neutral venues this season, many feel that the away goals rule is no longer valid.
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman and Man City’s Ferran Soriano are said to be strongly endorsing this rule change.
Furthermore, UEFA is planning to expand the Champions League games from 125 games to 225 for a season, with 32 teams increasing to 36 in the group stage.
Perhaps, UEFA has been in talks for months to enforce this newly revised format, called the “Swiss model” in a few years time but the reception has been poor so far, especially from FA and Premier League.
A statement from UEFA read: “The future of club competitions post-2024 will be one of the topics discussed. However, any official decision in this respect will only be made at the next UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 19 April, in order to finalise ongoing discussions.”
UEFA are plotting a 'major revamp' of the away goals rule in Champions League & Europa League which would see the away goals rule removed if the second leg goes to extra-time.
UEFA are set to partially scrap the away goals rule from next season. Under the new regulations poised to be agreed on Friday, away goals will only count extra up to the end of 90 minutes in the second leg.