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TeamRank: U16-U18 Girls Update

Article Written by Caroline Yort
Published: November 8, 2012

Today we unveil our latest update to TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide. Today we release the latest standings for U16, U17 and U18 Girls. Next week, we will update the older age groups on the Boys side. We will update our National Top 50 of each age group at least once per month.

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Eclipse climbing steadily at U16

Dallas Sting remains #1 this month due to continued strong performance in ECNL Texas Conference play. The Sting are undefeated in conference action at 8-0-2 and lead the Texas Conference, with the sole loss to #3 So Cal Blues being their only blemish overall. So Cal Blues remains undefeated in the SoCal Conference and stays at #3 this month following two draws with Real So Cal and West Coast FC.

Eclipse Select extends its perfect record to 11-0-0 and climbs from 4th to 2nd in this month’s rankings. Eclipse has recorded six shutouts in its last seven matches and looks to continue that streak against Minnesota Thunder on November 17.

Rounding out the top five are Colorado Rush at #4 and PDA at #5. Colorado Rush falls from the #2 spot this month after suffering a loss to Sereno SC in Mountain West Conference play. PDA is eager to test their #5 ranking and will begin ECNL play on December 2 when they face World Class FC.


U17s Hanging On

MVLA remains undefeated in ECNL play and therefore retains the #1 spot in this month’s rankings. Lightning leads the ECNL’s Northwest Conference and has a 6-0-1 overall record.

Barely remaining at #2 is Dallas Sting. With an overall record of 9-1-2, the Sting are clearly one of the top teams in the country, but a slip-up in the Texas Conference last month definitely puts this team’s ranking in peril.  The Sting are currently in second place behind Lonestar in the Texas Conference standings.

Sporting Blue Valley’s newly merged ECNL squad is living up to its billing and remains strong in the ECNL Midwest Conference. SBV leads the conference with a perfect 6-0 record, but will face fellow-undefeated #5 Michigan Hawks on December 1.  The conference lead will be on the line, and bragging rights in TopDrawerSoccer TeamRank may be up for grabs as well.

PDA rounds out the top 5 this month in the #4 spot.


CASL Still Cruising at U18

CASL Chelsea Ladies retain their #1 ranking this month with a 5-0-2 record in Southeast Conference play (7-0-3 overall). CASL is the only ECNL team in the U18 age group to maintain an unbeaten overall record this far into league play. That streak will certainly be tested when they face #2 Eclipse Select in late December. Eclipse leads the ECNL Midwest Conference with a 9-1 conference record, but the Chicago-area squad seems to have an Achilles heel in conference foe #3 Michigan Hawks.  The two have already played each other twice, with neither squad gaining an advantage. Eclipse gets the nod in our rankings, however, since Michigan Hawks are currently in 2nd in the Midwest Conference standings, following a draw with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro.

Virginia SA Heat Blue climbs to #4 this month following a dominant showing in the Virginia Youth Soccer State Cup. VSA, last year’s US Youth National Champion, will begin US Youth Soccer National League play later this month. Dallas Sting has had a bit of a rough go since our last update, suffering two defeats (to #8 Dallas Texans and #13 TSC Hurricane) in ECNL Texas Conference action, and drops to #5.


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.

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