I was a bit bored at work today, and wanted to have a look at my youth recruitment history between my main and affiliate over the past two years (8 seasons). There's some interesting results, however I know that they won't be 100% accurate, as there are a few other variables to take into account. For example:
- Original Rating wasn't returned for players that were 'retired', so I used their 'current rating' - the assumption here being that the current and original is the same if they are 'retired' as the bulk of them I fired. Reality here though, is that they could have been sold & fired later, or sold and the team went bot, etc.
- I recorded whether the player was still in my Main/Affiliate, but my Affiliate is a youth farm so the quality requirements are a lot higher. The bulk of players (bar maybe one) in my Main team wouldn't make the cut for my Affiliate, so it's not a direct comparison (not apples v apples)
- I used the measurement of whether the player is still "live" or not (AKA not retired). But this also doesn't take into account players who may have been fired by other teams, or were in teams that went bot, etc.
The interesting thing that I found between by main and affiliate teams is that I've been running a Lux YA for my Affiliate, and the Ratings have been higher on average over the past two years compared to my main by ~1,600 points. My Affiliate has had 12 players recruited over 30k ratings, where as my Main has had 4. There are only 18 players (out of 106) still 'alive' in my main, where as there are 32 over the same period still alive from my Affiliate. And some of those in my Main are only there because I don't have any better options and will be sold / fired in the next couple of seasons.
In the past two years, my Main has produced one player who has gone on to play Internationals (or who even has potential to play Int's), while my Affiliate has produced 4 Internationals, and has another 4 who could potentially be International's.
I've read that YA levels don't affect quality of Youth Recruits, but I'm starting to wonder if that's actually the case...
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing