Relative age effect in Spanish association football: Its extent and implications for wasted potential

@article{Jimnez2008RelativeAE,
  title={Relative age effect in Spanish association football: Its extent and implications for wasted potential},
  author={Idafe P{\'e}rez Jim{\'e}nez and Matthew T. G. Pain},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={26},
  pages={1003 - 995}
}
Abstract Spain is one of the largest and most successful powers in international youth football, but this success has not extended to the national team. This lack of continued success seems to indicate a loss of potential. The relative age effect has been detected in football in many countries. Understanding the extent of this bias in the youth teams of Spanish elite clubs may help to improve selection processes and reduce the waste of potential. Comparisons between players from: the Spanish… 

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