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Home advantage in Turkish professional soccer

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  • Seckin, Aylin
  • Pollard, Richard

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Home advantage is known to play an important role in the outcome of professional soccer games, and to vary considerably worldwide. In the Turkish Super League over the last 12 years, 61.5% of the total points gained have been won by the home team, a figure similar to the worldwide average and to the Premier League in England. It is lower (57.7%) for games played between teams from Istanbul and especially high for games involving teams from cities in the more remote and ethically distinct parts of Turkey (Van and Diyarbakir). Match performance data show that although home teams in Turkey take 26% more shots at goal than away teams, the success rates for shots do not differ. For fouls and disciplinary cards, home and away teams do not differ significantly in Turkey, a finding that that differs from games in England, perhaps due to less referee bias.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 14323.

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Date of creation: 2007
Date of revision: 2008
Publication status: Published in Perceptual and Motor Skills 1.107(2008): pp. 51-54
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:14323

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  1. Peter Dawson & Stephen Dobson & John Goddard & John Wilson, 2007. "Are football referees really biased and inconsistent?: evidence on the incidence of disciplinary sanction in the English Premier League," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 170(1), pages 231-250.
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