Issue number 417 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the percentage of minutes played by footballers who had not yet turned 20 in domestic league matches played over the last five years by 1,168 clubs in 76 leagues worldwide. Denmark’s Nordsjælland crushes the competition with a record percentage of 37%.
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Raffaele Poli
Roger Besson
Loïc Ravenel
Thomas Gonzalez

Slovakia’s MŠK Žilina and Septemvri Sofia of Bulgaria complete the podium, followed by two Venezuelan clubs (Mineros de Guayana and Deportivo La Guaira), as well as RSC Anderlecht. Uruguay’s Defensor SC are the third highest ranked non-European team, ahead of another Venezuelan team, Monagas SC, and Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle.

Borussia Dortmund leads the way among the teams currently in the big-5, ahead of Stade Rennais and FC Barcelona. In terms of the number of U20 players lined up in domestic league matches since 1 April 2018, the Romanian side FCV Farul tops the table with 45 footballers, while Paris St-Germain (28) heads the rankings in the five major European championships ahead of Bologna (22).

Percentage of minutes played by players under 20 years old

Domestic league matches played between 01/04/2018 and 31/03/2023