Understanding RAE helps parents and coaches refine what they feel about the sign of talent. Dr. Barnett said this disruptive selection model could also be a waste of talent, when young stars were unable to resist those who were physically superior to them. He also proposed a possible solution, which is to divide the selection date into two groups: From 1.1 to 1.7 and from 1.7 to the end of the year.
13 years ago, in the Czech football U20 team squad for the 2007 Youth Soccer World Cup finals, there was not even a player born in the last 3 months of the year.
14/21 players were born in the first 3 months of the year. Their opponents in the CK match, the athletes after the tournament, the Argentine team is a bit better when “only” 11/21 players were born in the first 3 months of the year.
10 years later, in 2017, also in this football tournament, the England team, the champions of the tournament, launched a team with 10/21 players born in the last 4 months of the year. This is not difficult to understand when the interruption day in English football is 1.9.
Runner-up in the tournament, Venezuela has only 2 players born in the last three months of the year, while the number of players born in the first three months of the year is 9.
And finally, let’s take a look back at the 30 players on the 2016 Ballon d’Or nomination list to see if these studies are accurate. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon, Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Koke, Toni Kroos, Riyad Mahrez, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Dimitri Payet, Pepe, Paul Pogba, Rui Patricio, Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez, Jamie Vardy are 16 names born out in the first 3 months of the year.
In short, 53% of the candidates for the Golden Ball award were born in the first three months of the year.