DP12341 Artificial Pitches and Unfair Home Advantage in Professional Football

Author(s): Jan C. van Ours
Publication Date: September 2017
Keyword(s): artificial pitch, home advantage, Professional football, unfair competition
JEL(s): L83
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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In the Netherlands, in the top tier of professional football some teams play their home matches on an artificial pitch while other teams play their home matches on natural grass. This paper investigates whether or not home teams who play on an artificial pitch have an additional home advantage to the regular home advantage. The main finding is, that this is indeed the case. This implies that artificial pitches generate an unfair home advantage in a competitive sport.