Do away goals count in the play-offs? Football League extra-time rule EXPLAINED
Played over two legs, the play-off semi-finals determine which teams will get their chance to earn promotion at Wembley.
In the Championship, Aston Villa have already booked their place in the final, while Newport County and Tranmere will do battle in the Wembley showpiece in the hope of earning a way out of League Two.
League one sides Sunderland, Portsmouth, Charlton and Doncaster all continue to battle it out in the semi-finals this week.
But do away goals count in this competition? Here is how it works.
Up until the 1999/2000 season, the Football League used away goals to separate sides that were level after 10 minutes of football.
However, that was changed at the turn of the century.
Since then, away goals count for nothing and instead extra-time and penalties are used to separate team that are level after two legs.
West Brom and Aston Villa were tied 2-2 after the second leg at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night, with the latter progressing through on penalties.
The official rules and regulations of the EFL state:
2.4 In the Semi-Finals, the first leg shall be of 90 (ninety) minutes duration. If the aggregate scores are level at the end of 90 (ninety) minutes in the second leg, extra time will be played. If the scores remain level at the end of extra time the tie will be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).
2.5 In the Final, if the score is level at the end of 90 (ninety) minutes, extra time will be played, followed if necessary by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by IFAB.
2.6 Fourth Substitute. Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 33.4, where any Semi-Final second leg and/or the Final match goes to extra time then each Club participating in that match will be permitted to use an additional substitute (in extra time only).
The Carabao Cup was the last English competition to use away goals.
However, the tournament scrapped the rule at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season.