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In all sports, teams strive to gain home field advantage. The consensus is that playing in the home stadium, in front of the home crowd offers a distinct advantage. In the 2012 Olympics, many feel that England’s success was due in part to their athletes competing on home soil and in front of the home crowd. In soccer, consideration of home field advantage is so great that away goals are given more weight in two-leg fixtures. Is the confines of the home venue truly an advantage or is this simply a misconception? Researchers from Spain and Portugal looked at 10 years worth of domestic league tables to find out if there is actually an advantage to playing at home.
The study included 10 years of domestic league competitions held in Europe (2000-2010). The analysis was limited to the highest league category in each of the UEFA countries. Their sample included a total of 111,030 matches in 52 countries. In short, the researchers noted the number of games won, drawn and lost by the home team. They then calculated to percentage of available points earned by the home team (3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss).
The results showed that the home team earned an average of 55.6% of the available points, indicating a significant home advantage. In terms of individual countries, 32 of the 52 UEFA countries showed a statistically significant home advantage. The strongest home advantage was found in Bosnia-Herzegovina (76.1%). Other notable countries that had significant home advantages were, England (55.7%), Spain (55.5%), Germany (55.8%), Italy (56.0%) and France (56.8%).
A few countries had a home disadvantage, including Lithuania (49.1%), Northern Ireland (48.8%), Malta (48.0), Andorra (47.1%) and San Marino (45.5%). However, these disadvantages were not statistically significant.
When comparing home advantage over the 10-year study period, there is a trend for the advantage to lessen. During the first season (starting in 2000), the percentage of points won by the home team was 56.9%. In the final season (ending in 2010), the value was 54.8%.
They also used UEFA rankings over the 10 seasons to determine a strength coefficient for each country. As it turns out, the home advantage is slightly greater in the top 10 ranked countries than in the bottom 10. In fact, the top 10 countries all had statistically significant home advantages, whereas, only 1/3 of the bottom 12 showed this trend.
If we take the data from the article and look at the percentage of matches won, we find home team wins 47.2% of the matches played, draws 23.5% and loses 29.3%. That works out a home field wining percentage of 59.0% (draws count as a 1/2 win and 1/2 loss).
There are several reasons why one would expect a home advantage. Familiarity with the home venue, crowd noise and lack of travel are a few. In 2007, researchers suggested that for every 10,000 fans attending, there is an increase in 0.1 goals scored. Unfamiliar locker rooms, field sizes, altitude, local weather can also adversely affect visitors more so than the hosts. Some studies also suggest that there may be a home bias in officiating. Thus, it is not surprising that home teams earn more points than the visitors.
Back to the original question posed at the top of this post. Is home advantage really an advantage? The authors conclude that there is a significant home advantage in the highest leagues in Europe. Home teams earn slightly more than 55% of the available points and have a wining percentage of 59%. This trend has held for the past 10 years. Also, the top leagues tend to have a stronger advantage than the lower ranked leagues. So yes, home advantage is truly an advantage.
Garcia MS, Agular OG, Marques PS, Tobio GT, Fernandez Romero JJ (2013) Calculating home advantage in the first decade of the 21st century UEFA soccer leagues. Journal of Human Kinetics, 38: 141-150.
Findings from a German study suggest teams raise their game when they listen to the same tune at the same time…
It has been deployed to make armies march faster, to make slaves work quicker, and to help groups of strangers to come together.
But now scientists are suggesting that using music on the football pitch might help players after discovering that, played at a particular rhythm and synchronously to the whole team, it can significantly improve their performance.
Researchers at the Institute for Sports Science at the University of Hanover in northern Germany recently presented the findings, showing that footballers raised their game when fed music of a set rhythm through headphones.
They experimented with two five-a-side teams who played three 10-minute games against each other.
The first game was without music. In the second game one team were given wireless headphones and fast-paced electronic music of 140 beats a minute was transmitted to them from the sidelines and synchronised to within a thousandth of a second.
The other team were also given headphones, each player receiving different pieces of music of differing rhythm. During the third game, the teams switched places, with one hearing music synchronously, the other asynchronously.
Together with professional football coaches, the scientists then analysed the teams’ performances according to recognised criteria: the frequency and accuracy of passes and the successful conclusion of a game. Goals were only included in the analysis if they were the result of teamwork.
Their analysis of the data led to the sort of clear and conclusive result scientists hanker after but rarely get: the team hearing synchronised music played “significantly better” from a statistical point of view.
“We can go so far as to speak of a medium to large effect this had on the footballers’ performance,” said Gerd Schmitz, one of the study’s authors, who presented the findings to the German Football Federation’s (DFB) annual science congress in Frankfurt last month.
He said he received a big response from coaches keen to translate the findings into workable training techniques.
Contrary to fears that they might find the idea far-fetched, they were surprisingly open to it, he said, with some having already experimented with rock’n’roll to aid performance.
While modestly admitting he did not expect the evidence to revolutionise the game of football – after all, it’s hard to imagine teams running around the pitch wearing headphones while coaches change their music according to the state of the game – Schmitz told the conference: “The results are so encouraging, I think it’s quite possible they will be implemented in training practice.”
One supposition, based on what is already known about the importance of rhythm and music for human health and behaviour, is that a team that regularly practises with synchronised music or other acoustic stimuli will develop an instinctive sense of the team’s optimal rhythm so that eventually they might not need to hear music to be capable of playing their best.
The scientists are eager to explore next whether the persistent rhythms of samba drumming fans that accompanies the Brazilian team has helped them hone their coveted skills.
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