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November 30, 2006

Month of Birth Data for World Cup 2006

Filed under: Data — voros @ 1:44 pm

There is an ongoing discussion in US Youth Soccer circles over the consistent advantages kids born earlier in the year have when it comes to making youth teams. As food for thought, the following lists the months of birth for all of the players from 2006 World Cup rosters as well as how the US figures into that list.

Month WC-OF WC-GK USA-OF
January 65 9 2
February 59 7 3
March 50 7 3
April 51 10 0
May 59 6 7
June 46 10 1
July 49 9 1
August 60 7 2
September 54 6 0
October 53 9 0
November 48 6 0
December 46 10 1

Here’s the data broken down into quarters and converted to percentages to help clarify the data:

Quarter WC-OF % WC-GK % USA-OF %
1st 1/4 174 27.2 23 24 8 40
2nd 1/4 156 24.4 26 27.1 8 40
3rd 1/4 163 25.5 22 22.9 3 15
4th 1/4 147 23 25 26 1 5

As you can see, the effect is barely noticeable when looking at all of the rosters (particularly when you remove the USA from those numbers) but is stark and clear from the USA roster. 80% of the American field players were born the first half of the year, and only Eddie Pope was born in the last three months among the 20 field players.

This data matches what we have tended to see at the youth levels from the US, with precious few players from the later months of the year making youth teams. I’ll let people draw their own conclusions from this.

Data is from FIFA .

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3 Comments »

  1. [...] range of ages for World Cup rosters the last three World Cups. You can find some of this info here. It’s a young man’s game, and the numbers bear that out. Finally, the players are chosen [...]

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  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

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    Comment by Nourishment — June 18, 2008 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

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