Games played in competitions like the Copa del Rey, Champions League and UEFA Cup affect the actual performance of the players in the Football League, against what has traditionally been defending.
This consideration should be taken into account when assessing the work of teams in the league as football clubs are businesses “multi-product”, according to a study by Professor Francisco González Gómez, Department of Economics Applied University of Granada, in collaboration with Andrew J. Picazo Tadeo, University of Valencia.
The researchers, who have examined the performance of the Spanish teams in the Football League given that they also play in other competitions, they believe that the efficiency analysis of football teams in addition to measuring the league conduct- should not be overlooked that the teams also play in other national and international competitions.
The bias in the assessment of equipment performance is greater the larger the number of games played in other competitions. An important conclusion reached by the authors is that, really, to play in other competitions is an opportunity cost in terms of team performance in the league.
From the standpoint of managing the club, their results indicate that, when planning the strategy sports teams at the start of the season, should be considered to compete for all competitions is the existence of a trade-off between the results of each competition.
The weak teams in the league focus
“Therefore, depending on the potential of each team, clubs should look at the beginning of the season which is the best strategy. It may not be as competitive interest in the various championships. For example, probably the best strategy for the weaker teams, those who try to save the category, is focused solely on the league, “said González Gómez.
To carry out this research, the authors analyzed the efficiency of football teams participating in various competitions throughout the season, using a technique known as Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA).
Another result of the paper points out that computers display a different level of performance in each competition. Thus, the best performing sports in the first division is observed on average in the league and European competitions, while the worst performance corresponds to the Copa del Rey, “a competition where it is not uncommon for teams ‘small’ win the ‘great’, “the researchers note.
Research has recently published in the Journal of Sports Economics and Central European Journal of Operations Research, two scientific publications.