Midweek Effect on Soccer Performance: Evidence from the German Bundesliga

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Alex Krumer

University of St. Gallen

Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

The home advantage phenomenon is a well‐established feature in sports competitions. In this study, we examine data from 2,013 soccer matches played in the German Bundesliga during the seasons from 2007–2008 to 2016–2017. Using a very rich data set, our econometric analysis that is based on matching methods reveals that the usual home advantage disappears when the game is in the middle of the week instead of being on the weekend. Our results indicate that, as the midweek matches are unevenly allocated among teams, the actual schedules of the Bundesliga favor teams with fewer home games in midweek. The study also shows that these soccer‐specific findings may have some implications for the design of contests in general.

JEL Classification: D00, L00, D20, Z20

Suggested Citation

Krumer, Alex and Lechner, Michael, Midweek Effect on Soccer Performance: Evidence from the German Bundesliga (January 2018). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 193-207, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079057 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12465

Alex Krumer (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

St. Gallen
Switzerland

Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research ( email )

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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
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