The relative age effect and success in German elite U-17 soccer teams

  title={The relative age effect and success in German elite U-17 soccer teams},
  author={Claudia Augste and Martin Lames},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={983 - 987}
Abstract The aim of the study was to determine whether there is empirical evidence for advantages in performance of soccer teams because of their relative age. The practice of selecting youth players according to their momentary performance leads to relative age effects, which in turn lead to inefficient talent selection. We used the median of the birth dates as a measure of the effect size of the relative age effect and the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test to assess its significance. For the 2008–2009… 

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