1st Edition

Home Advantage in Sport Causes and the Effect on Performance

    354 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Section 1: Theory of Home Advantage in Sports

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

    Miguel A. Gómez and Richard Pollard

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

    Richard Pollard and Miguel A. Gómez

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

    Jaime Prieto

    4. The Assessment and Quantification of the Home Advantage Effect

    Richard Pollard and Raymond Stefani

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

    Fabian Wunderlich, Philip Furley, and Daniel Memmert

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

    Raúl Sánchez and Antonio García-de-Alcaraz

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

    Michael Bar-Eli and Simcha Avugos

    8. Physiological Basis for Home Advantage

    Anthony S. Leicht, Jonathan D. Connor and Glen B. Deakin

    Section 2: Effects of Home Advantage in Sports

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

    Carlos Lago-Peñas and Miguel A. Gómez

    10. Strategy, Tactics and Home Advantage in Team Sports

    Bruno Gonçalves Diogo Coutinho, Hugo Folgado, Angel Ric, Jorge Malarranha, and Jaime Sampaio

    11. The Home Advantage Bias in Sport Referees’ Decisions

    Simcha Avugos and Michael Bar-Eli

    12. The influence of Travel in the Home Advantage Effect

    Ewan Clements, Peter M Fowler and Rob Duffield

    13. Does a Home Disadvantage Ever Exist?

    Desmond Mcewan and Matt D. Hoffman

    14. The Interacting Effects of Situational Variables with Home Advantage

    Jaime Prieto and Miguel A. Gómez

    15. The Home Advantage Effect in Women’s Sport

    Werlayne Leite, Richard Pollard, and Miguel A. Gómez

    16. Home Advantage Effect at Lower Levels of Play

    Werlayne Leite and Carlos H. Almeida

    Section 3: Home Advantage Applied to Specific Sports

    17. Home Advantage in Soccer

    Carlos Lago-Peñas.

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

    Carl T. Woods and Sam Robertson

    19. Home Advantage in Cricket

    Jonathan D. Connor, Kenji Doma and Anthony S. Leicht

    20. Home Advantage in Basketball

    Nuno Mateus, Bruno Gonçalves and Jaime Sampaio

    21. Home Advantage in Handball

    Anna Volossovitch and Thierry Debanne.

    22. Home Advantage in Futsal

    Bruno Travassos, João Santos, and César Méndez.

    23. Home Advantage in Water Polo

    Corrado Lupo

    24. Home Advantage in Volleyball

    José Manuel Palao, Antonio García-de-Alcaraz and David Valadés.

    25. Individual Home Advantage with Individual Data

    Ruud H. Koning.

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

    José-María Giménez-Egido and Gema Torres-Luque

    27. Home Advantage in Combat Sports

    Lindei Brabec Mota Barreto, Bianka Miarka and Jose Ciro Brito

    28. Home Advantage in Golf

    Jaime Prieto

    29. Home Advantage in US professional Sports

    Marshall B Jones

    30. Home Advantage in Summer and Winter Olympic Games

    Ray Stefani

    31. Home Advantage in Minor Sports

    Richard Pollard, Jaime Prieto, and Miguel A. Gómez

    32. Home Advantage in Para-sports

    John W. Francis


    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.