The advantage of scoring just before the halftime break – pure myth? Quasi-experimental evidence from European football
Philippe Meier (),
Maximilian Rüdisser (),
Raphael Flepp () and
Egon Franck ()
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Philippe Meier: Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich
Maximilian Rüdisser: Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich
Raphael Flepp: Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich
No 382, Working Papers from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)
We examine whether the moment just before the halftime break is a particularly good time to score a goal. Using detailed data from the top five European football leagues between the 2013/14 and 2017/18 seasons, we exploit the quasi-random occurrence of goals scored just before and just after the halftime break. In the former situation, the game is exogenously inter-rupted by a break immediately after the goal, whereas in the latter situation, the game continues without interruption. We show that in the case of a goal being scored just before halftime, the scoring team benefits more from the halftime break than the conceding team.
Keywords: football; football myth; halftime; scoring; quasi-experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L83 Z20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
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