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Home-Field Advantage and Disadvantage
Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
  • Harry M. Wallace, Trinity University
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The home-field advantage refers to the tendency for sports performers to win more often when competing at their home facility. Studies of professional, collegiate, and high school sports have consistently found that home performers defeat visiting performers in more than half of total games played. The aggregated winning percentages of home performers vary between sports and across eras, but they typically range from just above 50% to as high as 70%. Home-field advantage effects are common in team sports like baseball, basketball, and football as well as in individual sports such as tennis and wrestling.

Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs
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Wallace, H. M. (2007). Home-field advantage and disadvantage. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (pp. 439-440). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.