The alleged causality between number of teams in a league and national team quality
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionEuropean Journal of Sport Studies (EJSS), 2017, 4(1-2)
This article presents a simple linear regression between national football team quality and uncertainty of outcome in associated national leagues. The main results indicate no significant causal relationship between the variables, a conclusion somewhat contradictive to many practitioners argument on improving competitive balance in local leagues as a mean of improving national team quality. Keywords: Uncertainty of outcome, FIFA rank, number of teams in league, causality.