The Home Advantage In Sport Competitions: A Literature Review

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 University of Illinois
  • 2 University of Western Ontario
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A home advantage in sport competitions has been well documented. The strength and consistency of the home advantage has made it a popular phenomenon in sport today. Very little systematic research has been carried out, however, and the home advantage remains one of the least understood phenomena in sport. It appears that much of the game location research has been arbitrary, and a clear sense of direction is lacking. The purpose of the present paper is to provide a conceptual framework to organize a comprehensive review of previous game location research and provide direction for future research. The review of literature indicated that the descriptive phase of inquiry has been completed, and it is time to address the underlying mechanisms responsible for the manifestation of the home advantage. Possible methodologies and areas of inquiry are highlighted and discussed.

Kerry S. Coumeya is with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois» Urbana, IL 61801. Albert V, Carron is with the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 3K7.

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