What happened to the Golden Goal rule and when was it abolished?

first_img Laurent Blanc celebrates the World Cup’s first ever Golden Goal What was the golden goal rule?The system was simple – score the first goal in extra-time and win the game.Fifa began trialling the system in youth matches as early as 1993, before it was brought into senior international clashes at the Olympics and Confederations Cup.France 98 was the first World Cup to use it, and the hosts were the benefactors in the last-16 against Paraguay.Under the cosh and with the South Americans looking likely to spoil the party, Laurent Blanc popped up with the dramatic winner.And two years later David Trezeguet won Euro 2000 with a golden goal against Italy.But the rule just wasn’t working the way it was designed and sides were increasingly getting more defensive in extra-time, fearful of conceding rather than being encouraged to attack. Getty The golden goal rule always managed to divide opinion.Introduced in the 1990s by Fifa, it was hoped that the ruling would promote attacking football in extra-time – but ended up doing the opposite. Getty 2 2 A golden goal decided the final of Euro 2000 When was it abolished?Fifa tried the silver goal in 2003 as an alternative, which would see sides leading after the first-half of extra-time winning the game.That was poorly received too and they were forced to abandon the experiment.Following Euro 2004, the whole idea was scrapped.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more