The relative age effect in European professional soccer: Did ten years of research make any difference?

  title={The relative age effect in European professional soccer: Did ten years of research make any difference?},
  author={Werner F. Helsen and Joseph Baker and S Michiels and J. Schorer and Jan van Winckel and A. Mark Williams},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={1665 - 1671}
Abstract The relative age effect (RAE) refers to an asymmetry in the birth-date distribution favouring players born early in the selection year and discriminating against participants born later in the year. While the RAE effect was initially reported in sport more than two decades ago, there have been few attempts to examine whether player selection strategies have changed over time in light of our improved understanding of the phenomenon. We compared the birth-date distributions of… 

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