Today we unveil our latest update to TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide. Let’s see what has changed for U13, U14, and U15 Girls. Next week, we will update the older age groups on the boys’ side. We will update our National Top 25 of each age group at least once per month.
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With our youngest age group in the midst of regional league and state league spring seasons, we only have minor changes to note in this month’s rankings update. State cup play begins soon for most (if it hasn’t already), so team’s rankings will be tested next month.
Charlotte SA 99 Predator moves up a spot to #8 after defeating #5 World Class FC at last month’s Jefferson Cup. CSA has been playing up an age group in the North Carolina Classic League’s top division all year, and according to ncstatecup.com, they are slated to play with the U14s in state cup as well.
#1 PDA O’Reilly ECNL remains unbeaten and untied, and with 3 goals against all season, thanks in part to U14 GNT goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie, it will be difficult for anyone to snap the streak. Even prolific scorer Gabrielle Brummett (32 goals) couldn’t find the back of the net when PDA played second place FC Stars on April 14. In addition to stellar play in the ECNL, PDA brought home some non-league hardware, winning its division of the PDA Showcase the first weekend in April.
A non-ECNL team definitely on the rise this spring is Tophat 17 Gold. Tophat climbs into the Top 25 this month at #22 after defeating #6 Solar ECNL in overtime in the finals of the Dallas International Girls Cup. With a record of 8-0-0 in Region III Premier League play (32 gf, 0 ga), this team of id2 standouts is likely to earn a berth to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in July.
Southern California’s #22 Carlsbad Lightning Elite is clearly a top team in the nation, having competed in the prestigious US Youth Soccer National League and the Far West Regional League. And because they won their division of the National League and were the overall winner of the FWRL, these girls could be spending the summer travelling to Kansas and even Hawaii, with some CalSouth National Cup play on the schedule to get them ready.
Real So Cal’s ECNL squad makes it back into the Top 25 this month at #18, after a 4-1 record so far in the month of April ECNL play, which lets them sit fairly comfortably in second in the SoCal conference with five games remaining. But don’t count out #23 Strikers FC just yet. A few wins could put them in the hunt for conference runner up, and the two clubs face each other in the last match before June playoffs begin in Colorado.
Next Thursday: U16, U17, and U18 Boys
TeamRank is the comprehensive team-ranking system devised by TopDrawerSoccer.com to provide an objective and common-sense approach to determining which elite youth soccer teams are the best in the nation.
The rankings, updated monthly, are primarily results-based, with a nod toward the league and championship competitions that emulate how excellence is determined in leading soccer nations around the world.
Tournaments are also included but at a reduced value due to the many mitigating factors involving such events, including attrition and guest players.
A final layer of executive evaluation is provided to account for variables that often impact results, thus ensuring that the monthly lists are not subjective, but are not purely mechanical.