Sepp questions away goals rule


The system, which has been in play in European competition since 1965, dictates that the team who has scored the most goals away from home wins the tie if the scores are level.

Blatter, however, claims the rule favours the team playing away from home in the second leg because those game can go to extra time, meaning there is more time to score an away goal.

Blatter said in a column in the Fifa Weekly Magazine: "It is time to rethink the system. Football has progressed since the 1960s, so the away goals rule may now be questioned. Does the away goals rule still make sense?

"The idea dates back to a time when away games were often an adventure, involving journeys that could be long and arduous - and the playing conditions would vary considerably.

"In reality it favours the club that play away from home in the second leg. Where the scores are tied, that team has 30 minutes more than their opponent to score a valuable away goal. After all, in the first leg there is no extra time.

"Such an imbalance has already been disposed of in various competitions. The away goals rule is no longer used in the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs in English football."

The Swiss suggested the rule be altered so that away goals only count 'double' until the end of normal time in the second leg and not in extra time. This modification is employed in MLS play-offs in the USA and in the CONCACAF Champions League.