Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
This paper examines the determinants of FIFA World Cup performances of nations. The study incorporates socioeconomic, cultural, demographic and football-specific factors to investigate how World Cup results can be explained. A linear regression is used to study the last five tournaments, and the model finds that being seeded for the draw, and the host country effect are statistically significant variables. Additionally, I discover two new variables – namely, having a star player and having become a member of FIFA before 1924, as being statistically significant in my analysis.
Seth, Shivaan, "FIFA World Cup: Factors that explain the performances of National Football Teams" (2018). CMC Senior Theses. 1919.