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Fatigue And Team Performance In Soccer: Evidence From The Fifa World Cup And The Uefa European Championship

  • Vincenzo Scoppa


    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Statistiche e Finanziarie, Università della Calabria)

We investigate the role of fatigue in soccer (football). Although this issue is important for the “productivity” of players and the optimal organization of national and international championships, there is a lack of empirical evidence. We use data on all the matches played by national teams in all the tournaments of the FIFA Soccer World Cup (from 1930 to 2010) and the UEFA European Football Championship (from 1960 to 2012). We relate team performance (in terms of goal difference and points gained) to the respective days of rests that teams have had after their previous match, controlling for several measures of teams’ abilities. Using different estimators we show that, under the current structure of major international tournaments, there are no relevant effects of enjoying different days of rest on team performance.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Handle: RePEc:clb:wpaper:201301
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