Home advantage in Gaelic football: the effect of divisional status, season and team ability

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that home advantage (HA) is present when home teams win over 50% of home games played. This studyinvestigated the effect of divisional status, season and team abilityon HA within Gealic football. The sample included 1973 matches from 32 teams over a 9-season period. HA was calculated based onthe number of points gained at home conveyed as a percentage of total points gained (Pollard and Pollard, 2005). A linear regression analysis was utilised to control for ability by adjusting HA (Pollardand Gómez, 2007). In this study, HA (57.4%) is present andsignificantly greater (P < 0.001) than the null value of 50%. HAwithin Gaelic football is comparable to other team-based sports.Despite a decline with the last decade, HA has stabilised andremains above the proposed 50%. Team ability would appear tohave a significant influence (P < 0.05) on HA, while season anddivisional status does not. Future research should investigatefurther causes of HA (i.e. crowd, travel and familiarity) includingtheir impact (if any) on HA within Gaelic games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
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Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Gaelic football
  • Home advantage
  • Divisional status
  • Ability
  • Season

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