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Subject: home court advantage
Category: Sports and Recreation > Team Sports
Asked by: proffesor-ga
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Posted: 07 Mar 2006 10:38 PST
Expires: 06 Apr 2006 11:38 PDT
Question ID: 704617
Attitude is everything. It is amazing that this will even effects
proffesional athelthes, people whose livelehood and fame and forutne
depend upon their perfomrace. I am looking for statitcs that
demonstrate this concpet. One idea would be the home court advanctage,
if you could find the difference in amount of wins based on whether
the team is playing on their home court. the sound of the crowd in
support-- as opposed to booing. What would also be helpful if first
person andectodes, if a top player, were to describe how difficult it
is for him to play when there are 100,000 local fans booing him, even
though he knows there are millions of his fans, watching via

Clarification of Question by proffesor-ga on 21 Mar 2006 13:18 PST
I don't need any extentensive research, just some statistics that show
the difference in home court advantage. Again, the point being that
because an athlete is cheered on it affects his performance...

Clarification of Question by proffesor-ga on 21 Mar 2006 20:49 PST
I need some infromation on this subject, yet i haven't recieved any
thing on this. Please keep me in formed.


Subject: Re: home court advantage
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 21 Mar 2006 23:32 PST
Hi!  Thanks for the question. 

Sorry for the delay, I was only able to see this today. 

Our first link provides some good statistics on home-field advantages
in baseball. The study was for the years 1901 to 2002. The stats here
are fairly detailed and can be an answer to your question in itself.

?Historical Trends in Home-Field Advantage? by Cyril Morong

In this article from Australia, we can reference more statistics and
also interviews about the benefits of playing on ones home floor. I
will only reference the statistics here but please read the link for
additional information.

?For example, in ice hockey and basketball, 64 per cent of games were
won on home ground and for American football, home advantage accounted
for 60 per cent of wins. There was a flurry of research after this.
Soccer emerged as having one of the biggest home advantages of any
sport, with some studies estimating 69 per cent of games are won at

?Many Australian rules games are played in greater Melbourne, without
much travel and with a balanced mix of team supporters. Yet home teams
still win 16.7 per cent more games??

 ??Referees definitely get influenced by a crowd. We've done some
statistics that show that for the top 10 Rugby sides around the world,
there is a 15 per cent differential in favour of home teams in terms
of penalties awarded.?"

?Fighting The Home Advantage? 

Hoopsworld made a small study on home-court advantage in the NBA for
the 2002-2003 season. Here are some findings.

?Did you know home-court advantage got much stronger last season? In
2001-02, the average home-court advantage was 18.3%. Last year, it was
25.7%. A lot of this is due to the Eastern Conference, which had an
average home-court advantage of 26.8%.?

?Home-court advantage isn?t very consistent from year to year, to
repeat an earlier theme. The correlation between home-court advantage
in 2001-02 and 2002-03 was just 32.9%, r squared 10.8%. One year is a
small sample size, but that does seem to suggest that a lot of
home-court advantage is random.?

?Potpourri? By Kevin Pelton

Checking out the 3 leagues in the US (NBA, NHL and the NFL), we can
see that more teams have winning records at home. The MLB doesn?t show
in its standings the home and road records.

NBA ? 22 out of 30 teams (as of Mar. 21, 2006)
NHL ? 24 out of 30 teams (as of Mar. 21, 2006)
NFL ? 17 out of 24 teams (2005 season)

Search terms used:  
home court advantage sports research statistics

I hope these links would help you in your research. Before rating this
answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question or if
you would need further information.
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Subject: Re: home court advantage
From: myoarin-ga on 07 Mar 2006 16:35 PST
There are "home-away" statistics kept by many leagues, but I didn't
find any immediately.  However this quotations from the FIFA (world
soccer) indicates that the premise is supported by a lot of
"3.3 Home and away games

To make an allowance for the extra handicap of playing away from home,
the away-team is awarded a small bonus of 3 points. For games played
on neutral territory or during World Cup final rounds there are no
such bonus points.",2540,3,00.html

Furthermore, in European Soccer competitions (UEFA Cup and Champions
League), in "home-and-home" pairings, "away" goals scored are given
more weight if all else is equal:
  Click on one of the competitions on the right and the scroll down to 
  "Away Goals - Extra Time"

Here are NBA statistics where you can see individual players' home-away scoring:
You'll have to do a bit of work to compare them.
You can also look at the home-road statistics on this site for
individual NBA teams by clicking on the field for each team:
  (There may be a more useful part of for this.)

I hope this helps.
Subject: Re: home court advantage
From: myoarin-ga on 21 Mar 2006 16:16 PST
Hi Proffesor,
Did you check out the NBA statistics?  Other sports may have similar ones.

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