January babies and the future of football

January babies and the future of football

The visualization explores if the “relative age” phenomenon is verifiable even for major soccer teams.
Malcolm Gladwell – in his “Outliers” book – describes how we can find a very high concentration of hockey-players born in the first months of the year, paricularly in the youngest leagues.
This is supposed to be because of the sport selection rules of the western system: children are divided into classes based by the year of birth: “bigger” ones are most likely selected for higher leagues and so have more chances to practice at higher levels while they’re growing, this ends up in a huge disproportion in the distribution of months of birth even in the NHL.

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