The second leg home advantage: Evidence from European football cup competitions

Page, L and Page, K (2007) The second leg home advantage: Evidence from European football cup competitions. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25 14: 1547-1556. doi:10.1080/02640410701275219

Author Page, L
Page, K
Title The second leg home advantage: Evidence from European football cup competitions
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640410701275219
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 25
Issue 14
Start page 1547
End page 1556
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Abstract The home advantage is a widely acknowledged sporting phenomenon, especially in association football. Here, we examine the second leg home advantage, an effect that is discussed in the public domain but which has received very little scientific attention. The second leg home advantage effect occurs when on average teams are more likely to win a two- stage knock- out competition when they play at home in the second leg. That is, both teams have a home advantage but this advantage is significantly greater for the team that plays at home second. Examining data from three different European Cup football competitions spanning 51 years, we show that the second leg home advantage is a real phenomenon. The second leg home team has more than a 50% probability to qualify for the next round in the competition even after controlling for extra time and team ability as possible alternative explanations. The second leg home advantage appears, however, to have decreased significantly over the past decade. Possible reasons for its existence and subsequent decline are presented.
Keyword Sport Sciences
European cups
knock-out competitions
two-leg matches
Association Football
Sport Competitions
Team Performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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