Match!

When neither team wants to win: A flaw of recent UEFA qualification rules:

Published on Apr 23, 2020in International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
· DOI :10.1177/1747954120921001
László Csató9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Corvinus University of Budapest)
Abstract
Tanking, the act of deliberately dropping points or losing a game in order to gain some other advantage, is usually seen as being against the spirit of sports. It can be even more serious if playin...
  • References (11)
  • Citations (1)
📖 Papers frequently viewed together
1 Citations
78% of Scinapse members use related papers. After signing in, all features are FREE.
References11
Newest
This paper analyzes data from a tournament, namely the National Hockey League regular scheduled season of games, which provides incentives to increase effort in order to reach the playoffs and incentives to decrease effort once a team has been eliminated from playoff considerations because of the entry draft. Our results show that teams indeed react to these dual incentives - they win more games when there is still a chance to reach the playoffs and lose more after being eliminated from playoff ...
6 CitationsSource
#1László Csató (MTA: Hungarian Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 9
This article investigates the qualification for the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (CL), the most prestigious club competition in European football, with respect to ...
13 CitationsSource
#1Guy Elaad (Ariel University)H-Index: 1
#2Alex Krumer (HSG: University of St. Gallen)H-Index: 8
Last. Jeffrey Kantor (Ariel University)H-Index: 4
view all 3 authors...
We utilize data from sensitive soccer games in 75 countries between the years 2001 and 2013. In these games one team was in immediate danger of relegation to a lower division (Team A) and another team was not affected by the result (Team B). Using within-country variation, our difference-in-difference analysis reveals that the more corrupt the country, according to Corruption Perceptions Index, the higher is the probability that Team A would achieve the desired result in the sensitive games rela...
5 CitationsSource
#1Baback Vaziri (JMU: James Madison University)H-Index: 1
#2Shaunak Dabadghao (TU/e: Eindhoven University of Technology)H-Index: 2
Last. Thomas L. Morin (Purdue University)H-Index: 16
view all 4 authors...
AbstractIdeally, the ranking of sports teams should incorporate information (comprehensiveness) obtained from the outcome of a match, such as the strength of the opponent and schedule. In addition, the ranking method should be fair and not reward teams for poor performance or factors beyond their control, such as the sequence of the matches. We state properties such that if followed, the ranking methods will be fair and comprehensive. We evaluate five popular sports ranking methods and whether o...
10 CitationsSource
#1Liam J. A. Lenten (La Trobe University)H-Index: 10
#2Aaron C. T. Smith (Lboro: Loughborough University)H-Index: 25
Last. Noel Boys (University of Melbourne)H-Index: 1
view all 3 authors...
This article considers an adjustment to the method of determining the order of draft picks in the Australian Football League (AFL). Rather than pure reverse order based on the end-of-season ladder (standings), an alternative draft-pick allocation (henceforth called ‘ADPA’) policy is proposed and evaluated. It holds that the draft-pick order rule shall give the top pick the team eliminated first (i.e. after fewest matches played) from the finals series (playoffs), and the remainder in order of el...
7 CitationsSource
In sport tournaments, the rules are presumably structured in a way that any participant cannot benefit by losing instead of winning. We show that tournament systems, consisting of multiple round-robin and knockout tournaments with noncumulative prizes, which are ubiquitous around the world, are generically incentive incompatible. We use our model to discuss potential remedies and applications.
4 CitationsSource
I consider the strategic manipulation problem in multistage tournaments. In each stage, players are sorted into groups in which they play pairwise matches against each other. The match results induce a ranking over players in each group, and higher ranked players qualify to the next stage. Players prefer qualifying to higher stages. In this setting, a player may potentially profit by exerting zero effort in some matches even when effort exertion is costless. Since such behavior manipulates the t...
16 CitationsSource
#1Graham Kendall (University of Nottingham)H-Index: 50
#2Liam J. A. Lenten (La Trobe University)H-Index: 10
Wright (2014) recently presented a survey of sporting rules from an Operational Research (OR) perspective. He surveyed 21 sports, which consider the rules of sports and tournaments and whether changes have led to unintended consequences. The paper concludes: “Overall, it would seem that this is just a taster and there may be plenty more such studies to come”. In this paper we present one such study.
22 CitationsSource
Efficacy of industry policy implementation is enhanced when governments expedite resolution of private sector uncertainty. This study reinforces the mechanism through which production outcomes improve, via program evaluation analysis from professional sports. An alternative determination rule for allocating picks in reverse-order drafts—fewest games played when eliminated from playoffs—is considered in comparison with the current standard (fewest wins at end-of-season). Elimination timing is est...
7 CitationsSource
#1Marc Pauly (UG: University of Groningen)H-Index: 6
This paper develops a mathematical model of strategic manipulation in complex sports competition formats such as the soccer world cup or the Olympic games. Strategic manipulation refers here to the possibility that a team may lose a match on purpose in order to increase its prospects of winning the competition. In particular, the paper looks at round-robin tournaments where both first- and second-ranked players proceed to the next round. This standard format used in many sports gives rise to the...
23 CitationsSource
Cited By1
Newest
#1László Csató (MTA: Hungarian Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 9
The play-offs of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying tournament determine the last four participants in the UEFA European Championship 2020. 16 teams, which have failed to obtain a slot in the qualifying group stage, will be selected and divided into four paths of four teams each based on the inaugural season 2018-19 of the UEFA Nations League. We provide a critical examination of the relevant UEFA regulation and show that its articles contradict each other and allow for an unfair formation of the pla...