For the uninitiated, our 16 regions are Southern California, Northern California & Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho), Rocky Mountains & Southwest (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah), Texas, Heartland (Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas), Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota), Great Lakes (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky), South (Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma), Florida, South Atlantic (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia), Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Northeast (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine).
Each list in the Players To Watch Regional Top 20 and National Top 100 rankings are updated monthly and therefore subject to change.
Players To Watch Regional Rankings and National Top 100 in 12 age groups are based on staff assimilation of data and feedback received from coaches and other observers around the country.
Players To Watch ranking and rating criteria explained.
The Rocky Mountains & Southwest Players To Watch ranking update features a number of youth national team veterans including Cate Parchinski, Lindsey Horan, Gabrielle Miranda and Lauren Kaskie on the Girls side, and Dillon Serna, Cole Nagy and Riggs Lennon with the Boys.
We are currently working to finalize the 2014 through 2016 classes rather than showing partial lists. As always, you are welcome to let us know about players in those age groups.
In the Florida TeamRank update, early returns show West Pines United (U15), Florida Rush (U17) and HC United (U16 & U18) among leaders on the Boys side. In the Girls standings, the memorably named Rockledge SC Drama Queens lead at U13, with U16 Brandon FC riding strong performance in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League and a title in the Florida Club Directors league this fall to a strong #1 position in their age group. Similarly, powerhouse U18 team Ponte Vedra Storm won the RIIIPL East in the fall and it has them as a strong leader for that age group.
With the spring tournament season (and our continuing to add results from fall and winter events as part of our commitment), it will be interesting to see how the standings in each age group develop.
If you have an issue with the information in the Players To Watch or TeamRank rankings, particularly with factual data, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.