|dc.description.abstract||Literature suggests that there is evidence that playing at home may be advantageous for
performance. However, there is little understanding of how athletes perceive playing at
home and which factors influence this perception. There is further lack of research
focusing on female athletes. There is seemingly an inherent link between home advantage
and Vealey’s (1998) sports confidence model, as environmental comfort is highlighted as a
source of confidence akin to the perceptions of playing at home. The purpose of this study
was to investigate perceptions held by female footballers surrounding home advantage
and its relationship with confidence.
This study adopted a qualitative methodology using two semi-structured interviews.
Four female football players were selected of this study. Each participant completed two
interviews, one after a home game and one away after an away game.
The results were separated by location into home and away, then related to home
advantage and sport confidence throughout. Importantly, all participants perceived that
home advantage existed and believed that it was important. In line with Carron and
Courneya’s (1992) game location framework, the results showed that participants felt the
crowd, travel, familiarity and referee were all contributing factors to the relationship
between confidence and perceived home advantage. Additional factors that merged from
the results were preparation and pre-game routine.
The results of this study may help coaches and practitioners to understand the
participant’s perceptions of influential game location factors. Individuals may draw upon
this information to maximise home advantage and increase participant’s self-confidence.||en_US