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Visitors Out! The Absence of Away Team Supporters as a Source of Home Advantage in Football

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  • Federico Fioravanti

    (University of Amsterdam/UNS-CONICET)

  • Fernando Delbianco

    (UNS-CONICET)

  • Fernando Tohmé

    (UNS-CONICET)

Abstract

We seek to gain more insight into the effect of the crowds on the Home Advantage by analyzing the particular case of Argentinean football (also known as soccer), where for more than ten years, the visiting team fans were not allowed to attend the games. Additionally, during the COVID-19 lockdown, a significant number of games were played without both away and home team fans. The analysis of more than 20 years of matches of the Argentinean tournament indicates that the absence of the away team crowds was beneficial for the Top 5 teams during the first two years after their attendance was forbidden. An additional intriguing finding is that the lack of both crowds affects significantly all the teams, to the point of turning the home advantage into home ‘disadvantage’ for most of the teams.

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  • Federico Fioravanti & Fernando Delbianco & Fernando Tohmé, 2024. "Visitors Out! The Absence of Away Team Supporters as a Source of Home Advantage in Football," Working Papers 299, Red Nacional de Investigadores en Economía (RedNIE).
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    Home Advantage; Football; COVID-19; Violence;
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