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dc.contributor.authorNevill, Alan M.
dc.contributor.authorBalmer, Nigel J.
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, A. Mark
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-31T15:59:07Z
dc.date.available2007-01-31T15:59:07Z
dc.date.issued2002
dc.date.submitted2007-01-31
dc.identifier.citationPsychology of Sport & Exercise, 3(4): 261-272
dc.identifier.issn1469-0292
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/8014
dc.description.abstractThe existence of the home advantage in sport is well known. There is growing evidence that crowd noise plays a crucial part in this phenomenon. Consequently, a quantitative study was undertaken to examine influence of crowd noise upon refereeing decisions in association football (soccer). The association between years of experience and any imbalance in refereeing decisions was also addressed. To investigate whether the presence or absence of crowd noise might influence qualified referees when assessing various tackles/challenges recorded on videotape. Binary logistic regression was used to assess the effect of crowd noise and years of experience on referees' decisions. The presence of crowd noise had a dramatic effect on the decisions made by referees. Those viewing the challenges with background crowd noise were more uncertain in their decision-making and awarded significantly fewer fouls (15.5 %) against the home team, compared with those watching in silence. The noise of the crowd influenced referees' decisions to favour the home team. It is suggested that referees' decisions are influenced by the salient nature of crowd noise, the potential use of heuristic strategies, and the need to avoid potential crowd displeasure by making a decision in favour of the home team.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/els/14690292/2002/00000003/00000004/art00033
dc.subjectSports psychology
dc.subjectCrowd noise
dc.subjectReferees
dc.subjectHome advantage
dc.subjectFootball
dc.subjectSoccer
dc.subjectDecision Making
dc.titleThe influence of crowd noise and experience upon refereeing decisions in football
dc.typeArticle
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-21T15:56:29Z
html.description.abstractThe existence of the home advantage in sport is well known. There is growing evidence that crowd noise plays a crucial part in this phenomenon. Consequently, a quantitative study was undertaken to examine influence of crowd noise upon refereeing decisions in association football (soccer). The association between years of experience and any imbalance in refereeing decisions was also addressed. To investigate whether the presence or absence of crowd noise might influence qualified referees when assessing various tackles/challenges recorded on videotape. Binary logistic regression was used to assess the effect of crowd noise and years of experience on referees' decisions. The presence of crowd noise had a dramatic effect on the decisions made by referees. Those viewing the challenges with background crowd noise were more uncertain in their decision-making and awarded significantly fewer fouls (15.5 %) against the home team, compared with those watching in silence. The noise of the crowd influenced referees' decisions to favour the home team. It is suggested that referees' decisions are influenced by the salient nature of crowd noise, the potential use of heuristic strategies, and the need to avoid potential crowd displeasure by making a decision in favour of the home team.


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