Soccer schedules in Europe: an overview
AbstractIn this paper, we give an overview of the competition formats and the schedules used in 25 European soccer competitions for the season 2008-2009. We discuss how competitions decide the league champion, qualification for European tournaments, and relegation. Following Griggs & Rosa (1996), we examine the popularity of the so-called canonical schedule. We investigate the presence of a number of properties related to successive home or successive away matches (breaks) and of symmetry between the various parts of the competition. We introduce the concept of ranking-balancedness, which is particularly useful to decide whether a fair ranking can be made. We also determine how the schedules manage the carry-over effect. We conclude by observing that there is quite some diversity in European soccer schedules, and that current schedules leave room for further optimizing.
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Soccer; Scheduling; Canonical schedule; Ranking-balancedness; Breaks; Mirroring; Carry-over effect;
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