South American football’s governing body abolishes away goal rule

South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL has abolished the away goals rule for all of its tournaments from next season.

The rule change will affect all CONMEBOL tournaments, including the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana.

The rule has only been in place for the Copa Libertadores since 2005. In 2008, the finals did not use the away goals rule and employed extra time instead. Now, all knockout rounds will do away with the away goals rule, with CONMEBOL following in UEFA’s lead.

A statement from CONMEBOL read: “CONMEBOL eliminates the “away goal”.

“From now on, all the goals of the CONMEBOL tournaments will have the same value; the many goals converted as a visitor will no longer be considered as a tiebreaker.

“With this, it is aimed at greater sports justice.”

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