- Oct 3, 2009
- AFL Club
From this excellent article by Matt Cowgill: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/19071496/footy-forensics-statistics-explains-free-kick-counts-2017-afl-season
Matt also has a great chapter in Footballistics where he goes into more detail about this, basically making the argument that home ground advantage is mostly about crowd noise influencing umpiring decisions.
Interesting that the teams at the top play mostly in Blue, and teams at the bottom play in some variant of Red, especially as there are studies showing a positive Red bias to competitors in combat sports. Hawthorn the outlier. Maybe the umpires notice the teams in red more and pay more frees against?