MY HOME IS (NOT ALWAYS) MY CASTLE: Advantageous and Adverse Psychological Effects of Playing at Home

Michael Bar-Eli, Simcha Avugos

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Abstract

The perceptions of home advantage (HA) are related to psychological perspectives that may affect players and coaches in different ways depending on whether playing at home or away. Specifically, there is consistent scientific evidence identifying superior psychological states (athlete’s emotions, mood states, personal confidence or confidence in their teams) prior to a home game and more vulnerable in away games. In addition, the analysis of choking under pressure is introduced and discussed about the positive HA and negative home disadvantage on athlete’s performances. Lastly, the importance of professionalization (better training routines based on more scientific knowledge) is discussed to explain the lesser influence of game location on athlete’s psychological states (ability to cope with stressors, resilience or mental toughness), the use of new technologies reducing referee’s bias (e.g., VAR), or the highest competitive level of elite teams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHome Advantage in Sport
Subtitle of host publicationCauses and the Effect on Performance
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages64-74
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781000462050
ISBN (Print)9780367533298
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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