Frequently asked questions


The games can be used from the early age of 9. However, up to the age of 15 the brain is still wildly developing. This means that low or medium scores cannot be taken in consideration as exclusion criteria, yet. On the other hand, the youth players that already score high at a young age, already show the potential to become a pro. After the age of 15 the development of the brain becomes more stable and besides using the brain score as acceptance criteria it can also be used as a rejection criteria. Again, keep in mind that other factors are also important to take into consideration when making selection decisions.
Yes, you always get the same 4 games (as well as in sports as in business). However, the trials per game are always different and do never appear in the same order.
As a youth player you are matched with the football brain goal profile, and your match is compared with the match of all other players within the same half yearly age range (e.g., 12 to 12,5 years; 12,5 to 13 years). Based on a ranking within your age range the final football brain score is constructed. For example, a 16,2 year old player with football brain score of 95 is in the top 5% best matching players within the age group 16 to 16,5 of our database.
The effects of gaming frequently are minimal and do not influence the final scores.


BrainsFirst is just one piece of information of the overall talent puzzle. Factors such as physique, mentality, perseverance, tactics, and trainings hours are also very important. For example, if a player has a promising brain potential, but no experience and no perseverance he is not likely to become a top player.
This is of course possible. Football intelligence is not the holy grail, but just one piece of the talent puzzle. E.g; if this player is extremely strong and fast they are likely to compensate for brain skills like speed of action and information overview. However, it is not likely that he will make it at the highest level (Champions League) because the extremely fast game pace. At national level he might be ‘good enough’.
The top football brain score is based on a data science model supported by 6 years of research. It is literally the brain recipe that a top player must have to be able to compete at the highest (Champions League) level. This model is built with the game results of over 1000 players from different divisions. The score reflects a weighted multifactor-score.


BrainsFirst is in the first place a talent identification tool and helps you identify if your players have the brain potential to become a professional. We help you to invest in the (potentially) best players.
Previous research has shown that the effect of cognitive training is minimal. You can probably turn a 6 into a 7 but never into an 8 or higher. Our games have a high test-retest reliability which means that you cannot significantly improve by doing the games a lot. BrainsFirst tip: We are there to identify youth players future brain potential of becoming a pro player, if you want to improve your players on the pitch let them play football as much and as challenging as possible! Example in sport: You can improve the running speed of an athlete, but at a certain point he/she will reach a maximum. (100m sprint from 16,8 to 14,5 seconds). This athlete will be limited by the biological limitations of his body (muscles, metabolism, vo2 max). The brain is no exception and can only reach the maximum of the biological building blocks that it has by nature.
One of the most commonly made mistakes with regard to the brain today is that people say, “All your life the brain is in development, so you can become a top talent in everything that has to do with the brain.” This is partly true, only the assumption is completely wrong. All the skills that originate in the brain cannot be infinitely developed and are all bounded by their own biological ceiling. The biological building blocks that you have acquired naturally determine your potential. Read more about the developing brain

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