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Home Advantage in Sport
Causes and the Effect on Performance

ISBN 9780367533267
Published October 28, 2021 by Routledge
354 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book exploring the concept of home advantage (HA), the well-known beneficial effect that players and teams derive from performing at home in all sports throughout the world. Despite the fact that the existence of HA dates back to the origins of organized sport in the late 19th century, its root causes and how they operate and interact with each other are still unclear and remain the topic of intense research involving many disciplines, all with the potential objective of improving team and individual performance.

This book covers a broad review of HA divided into three different sections: (i) Section 1 focuses on the theory of HA in sport (the concept of this phenomenon, its quantification, and factors supposedly associated with the HA are explored; (ii) Section 2 analyses the effects of HA in sports related to both male and female athletes, in relation to tactics and strategies, fans, referees, travel, situational variables and the home disadvantage; and (iii) Section 3 studies the HA as it applies to specific sports worldwide such as outdoor sports (football, rugby, cricket, and Australian Football), indoor sports (basketball, futsal, handball, water polo and volleyball), US professional sports, individual sports, racket sports, combat sports, minor sports, disabled sports and the Olympic Games.


This book has been written in cooperation with top leading experts in this field worldwide. The book offers a better understanding of the HA effect for MSc and PhD students, athletes, coaches, performance analysts, sport psychologists, sociologists, sport scientists and sport journalists.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Theory of Home Advantage in Sports

1. The Home Advantage Phenomenon in Sport: History and Development

2. Long-term Trends and Geographical Perspectives of Home Advantage

3. Science Mapping: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Home Advantage Phenomenon in Sport

4. The Assessment and Quantification of the Home Advantage Effect

5. Home Sweet Home: Theoretical Explanations on Why the Local Stadium and Local Environment Affects the Performance of Home and Away Teams

6. Crowd Effects, Territoriality and Home Advantage: A Sociological Explanation

7. My Home is (Not Always) My Castle: Advantageous and Adverse Psychological Effects of Playing at Home

8. Physiological Basis for Home Advantage

Section 2: Effects of Home Advantage in Sports

9. How Does Playing Without an Audience Affect the Home Advantage?

10. Strategy, Tactics and Home Advantage in Team Sports

11. The Home Advantage Bias in Sport Referees’ Decisions

12. The influence of Travel in the Home Advantage Effect

13. Does a Home Disadvantage Ever Exist?

14. The Interacting Effects of Situational Variables with Home Advantage

15. The Home Advantage Effect in Women’s Sport

16. Home Advantage Effect at Lower Levels of Play

Section 3: Home Advantage Applied to Specific Sports

17. Home Advantage in Soccer

18. Is Playing at Home Really an Advantage? An Australian Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union perspective

19. Home Advantage in Cricket

20. Home Advantage in Basketball

21. Home Advantage in Handball

22. Home Advantage in Futsal

23. Home Advantage in Water Polo

24. Home Advantage in Volleyball

25. Individual Home Advantage with Individual Data

26. Home Advantage in Racket Sports: An Example from Professional Tennis and Badminton

27. Home Advantage in Combat Sports

28. Home Advantage in Golf

29. Home Advantage in US professional Sports

30. Home Advantage in Summer and Winter Olympic Games

31. Home Advantage in Minor Sports

32. Home Advantage in Para-sports

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Miguel A. Gómez-Ruano is associate professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Madrid, Spain and adjunct professor at the James Cook University, Sport and Exercise Science, Townsville, Australia.

Richard Pollard is a retired sports scientist, currently affiliated with the Statistics Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, U.S.A.

Carlos Lago-Peñas is full professor at the University of Vigo, Faculty of Education and Sport Sciences, Vigo, Spain.