home ground advantage
March 7, 2006 5:02 PM Subscribe
Why is home ground advantage such an issue in top level soccer (football)?
posted by wilful to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (20 answers total)
I mean, these guys are multi-million dollar professionals who fly around the country and around the world all the time to play games in front of all sorts of crowds, they surely couldn't have their routine upset by a foreign ground and crowd? And the referees are well paid and trained professionals, surely they're not often influenced by the crowd?
Or is it all rubbish and badly overstated as an influencing factor, simply because there's not enough else to talk about?
It becomes a huge matter when double points are awarded for away goals scored or the like.
Of course the issue isn't restricted to soccer, however it seems to be more of an issue for this game.
(Anyone objecting to my calling it soccer and not football, please don't bother posting about that, I really don't care, it's not relevant and you wont change my mind. Ta in advance.)