Playing for home fans makes football teams WORSE: Premier League games have won more games on their home ground since starting the season again without supporters
- Analysis ‘refutes the assumption that teams gain an edge over partisan crowds’
- West Ham won twice in a month after only two wins all season for fans
- Players may have “an evolutionary instinct to defend their territory”
It has long been thought that soccer fields filled with thousands of fans cheering on their heroes give players an edge when they play at home.
But analysis has cast doubt on the ’12th man’ effect after it was revealed that Premier League games are winning more games at home because they were forced to restart the season without spectators.
Home teams perform better than before the pandemic in points, wins and goal difference.
The Financial Times said his analysis “refutes the assumption that teams are getting ahead of partisan crowds, providing additional motivation to home players and a hostile environment for opposition parties.”
West Ham, which defeated Watford 3-1 on Friday, have had two home wins since the restart last month. Before that, they had only won two wins for fans at London Stadium all year
When the Premier League was discussing the resumption of the season after the postponement of the matches due to the pandemic, it was forced to drop plans to hold games in neutral locations after club managers insisted on keeping the home advantage.
West Ham, which defeated Watford 3-1 on Friday, have had two home wins since the restart last month. Before that, they had only won two wins for fans at London Stadium all year.
Sports psychologist Dr. Paul McCarthy said that since the restart of the league on June 17, too few games had been played to draw any final conclusions, but added: “The audience is only one factor. You have the fact that home players are more familiar with the field and stadiums and feel more comfortable.
“There is also an evolutionary instinct that they defend their territory.
Studies have shown that players’ testosterone levels are higher when they play at home rather than away. In addition, it is true that the home team did not have to travel that far to play the match. ‘
In Italy, where fans are also banned from the field, the advantage of playing at home has remained largely the same since the season started again.
However, the benefit has become smaller in Germany and Spain.