For decades, the away goals rule was the most common method of deciding a home game in football.
It was introduced by Uefa in 1965 and was part of all competitions until 2021. But will the rule also apply in the EFL play-offs?
Do away goals count in the EFL play-offs?
Away goals do not count double in the EFL play-offs.
The Football League used the rule but decided to abolish it in 1999.
This decision was taken on the initiative of then-Chairman of Ipswich Town, David Sheepshanks.
Sheepshanks’ Tractor Boys lost under the rule in 1997 and 1999, although they finished better than their league opponents on both occasions.
What is the away goals rule?
The away goals rule is the most commonly used method of deciding football matches played over two games.
If the results are even after 90 minutes home and 90 minutes away, the team that scored the most goals in the away game does not go to penalties but advances.
The idea is to reward away teams that choose attacking football.
Do away goals really count double?
This expression is supposed to be the law, but in reality it is more of a figure of speech.
It simply means that away goals are the first tipping point for a two-leg draw.
If anything, it’s like an extra half goal for the team that scored more goals away.
In which competitions does the away goals rule apply?
The Champions League and Europa League, as well as all South American competitions, abolished the away goals rule in 2021.
The League Cup used away goals after extra time in the semi-finals, but abolished that rule in 2018, with teams going to a penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes.