UEFA are set to make a huge decision that could impact Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham United next season, as well as Arsenal in the coming seasons.
Changes to European competitions were already well underway ahead of The Super League saga, but there will now be further changes ahead of the significant shift to the Champions League format in 2024.
The Times now report that UEFA clubs competitions committee has approved the scrapping of the away goals rule, which has become synonymous with European competitions after 56 years.
The change in the rule has not been confirmed just yet, with the executive committee needing to pass the change before it is officially introduced.
The Times report there is a feeling that the rule is ‘outdated’, and that could mean three London clubs would be impacted ahead of next season with Chelsea in the Champions League, West Ham in the Europa League and Tottenham in the Conference League. Arsenal won’t be competing in European competition next season, but will be hoping to get back to doing so in the coming seasons.
There are also further reports that UEFA could move to reduce the Champions League semi-final to a one-off tie instead of having two legs at the penultimate stage of the competition.
As part of that, it’s thought the final could be moved to the same week as the semi-final with UEFA members feeling as though last season’s finale was ‘exciting’.
Last season’s semi-finals and final were crammed into one week and all hosted in Lisbon in a bid to squeeze the fixtures in following the restart from the initial coronavirus lockdowns.
That could mean a significant change in the competition format, but that has not been voted on just yet with only the away goals rule coming up so far.
The change would mean no advantage for teams scoring away from home and would likely increase the chances of extra time and penalties in games with all goals counting equal, both in normal time and extra time.