Today we update our Players To Watch National Top 100 Ranking for the 2013 Girls graduating class. Many of the names have been ranked for a while, but new players continue to crack the list, as others drop off. Through all of this we continue to look around the countryside for the best soccer talent in the land, class by class.
After a months-long layoff to reconfigure and examine the entire player pool, we resume the process with this update. Our rankings are made after an examination of national and regional honors among players in the top competitive leagues in the country, as well as selections to youth national teams and other top honors awarded across the nation. Further investigation includes the consulting of coaches at various levels throughout the country.
While many top players in the 2013 graduating class have already committed to college programs, they tend to react in unique ways to their status. Some may, at least in coaches eyes, coast a bit, while others redouble their efforts to prepare themselves for the college level, or drive harder for national team involvement. This of course can greatly affect the rankings.
After we complete our February updates of national 2013 rankings, the rankings will expand to four age groups, 2013 through 2016 (both genders), with the top 150 being selected for each. The work on these rankings has been going on for some time and will begin being released in March. Each of the top 150 lists will be updated quarterly. Regional lists will from this point be shorter reflections of the national list only, with minimal additional players added.
So we hope you enjoy the rankings and somehow manage to remember, it’s impossible to get complete agreement on so massive a task as to ranking all players in high school age groups nationwide. If you have a different opinion, you are certainly entitled, but please don’t think of this as life and death stuff – we don’t.