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Using The Paired Comparison Method In Improving Soccerrankings: The Case Of The Romanian First Division


  • Calin Veghes

    (Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest Romania)


The most common way to establish the final ranking in the football leagues across theworld is to have all participating teams playing each other, home and away, in a double roundrobin system. The team which obtains the highest number of points is declared champion while anumber of teams that have obtained the lowest number of points are relegated. Various criteria areconsidered to differentiate the equal teams, such as superior overall goal difference, higher numberof goals scored during the competition, results in the direct games, and so on. Complementary waysare considered to improve the final ranking, such as a double number of home-away games, playoffs and play-outs, supplementary games played home or away. The paper advances a new way todetermine the final ranking of a football leagues based on the paired comparison approach andpresents the results of testing this approach at the level of the Romanian First Division.

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  • Calin Veghes, 2014. "Using The Paired Comparison Method In Improving Soccerrankings: The Case Of The Romanian First Division," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 2(16), pages 1-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:2:y:2014:i:16:p:34

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    paired comparison method; soccer ranking; sports marketing;

    JEL classification:

    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
    • L8 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services


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