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Age, experience and team stability in the AFL: The recipe for success

Andrew Milne
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Andrew Milne: Monash University

Warwick-Monash Economics Student Papers from Warwick Monash Economics Student Papers

Abstract: This paper analyses the importance of age, experience and team stability for on-field success for clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). We use a fixed effects model to estimate our main results, with the key findings showing the importance of team composition and team stability. Team stability, representing social capital within the team, was shown to be a key factor in estimating home and away wins in the AFL over the years of 2010 to 2021. We find the importance of age as a limiting factor in a team’s capacity to generate home and away wins, whereby a minimum average age of a team is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for team success. Additionally, it was found the age bracket with the greatest impact on win percentage is players in their early twenties (21-25 years old). We find the most important component of a team’s composition is the level of match experience held by the team as a whole, with the proportion of players with greater than 100 matches experience contributing positively and significantly to team performance.

Keywords: AFL; Age; Experience; Team Stability; Social Capital JEL classifications: Z20; Z21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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