The impact of team preferences on soccer offside judgments in laypersons: a quasi-experimental study

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The present study uses a quasi-experimental design to investigate the impact of team preferences on the accuracy
of ofside judgments. In Experiments 1 and 2, supporters of two German soccer clubs (i.e., Borussia Dortmund and FC
Schalke 04) judged ofsides in artifcial scenes from a match between the clubs. We expected that supporters of both
clubs would less frequently report the ofside position of a forward from the preferred team. The results of Experiment 1 partly confrmed the predictions. Both groups reported the ofside position of a yellow forward less frequently
than that of a blue forward, and this efect was much larger for supporters of Borussia Dortmund than for supporters
of Schalke 04. The diference between groups could be attributed to team preferences. The weaker efect of team
preference in supporters of Schalke 04 was attributed to an unexpected perceptual efect that increased the accuracy
of ofside judgments for blue forwards in both groups. Experiments 2 and 3 showed the presumed efect of team
preferences and the perceptual efect, respectively, in isolation. In summary, the results of our experiments provide
evidence for (a) an efect of team preferences and (b) an efect of shirt–background contrast on ofside judgments in
ZeitschriftCognitive Research: Principles and Implications
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.12.2020

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