I am delighted to be on of the columnists for The Conversation’s coverage of #WorldCup2014.
My first post is about Home Advantage.
The other columnists writing during #WorldCup2014 are:
One of the delights of sharing openly is the insights I gain from others about the ideas that interest me.
Simon Gleave is a very generous sharer. He has pointed me to David Runciman’s review of Scorecasting in the London Review of Books (2011). David concludes his review with this observation “Home advantage is much more complicated and much more mysterious. It depends on a range of factors that are effectively impossible to quantify.”
My research into the performance of teams in relation to their previous year’s ranking is part of my exploration of home advantage. I believe that teams flourish with home wins. Supporters feel happy and have hope.
I do think officiating has a role to play in this. I am hopeful that coaching has even more to do with it … which is why I think the Top 14 Orange Rugby competition in France is so interesting. Lower ranked teams win at home.