For Recreational and Tournament Teams
Study the league schedule and check whether your team or your rival is listed first after the date of each match. Also look over the schedule for a graphics key that confirms that, indeed, the first one listed is considered the “home” team for particular matches. The home team may also be listed with an (h) after its name. Often you play some or all of the teams twice, and your team will be listed as “home” for one of the matches and “away” for the other. Certain leagues may require the home team to arrange and pay for the referees.
As a Soccer Fan
If you are watching a game on television, you can determine the home team depending on the team name order of the scoreboard, often found at the upper left of the screen. In soccer, around the world, home teams appear on top or at the left. This is in direct contrast to the custom in the United States for football, baseball and other team sports, where home teams are listed below or to the right of away teams.