The 2012 class of girls club soccer players is winding up its final competitive season. The players making the TopDrawerSoccer.com Players To Watch Top 100 ranking are all set with their college choices, but we are still adding a few new faces as 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 a final visit to the graduating seniors. 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.
After February updates of national 2012 and 2013 rankings for Boys and Girls soccer (2012 Boys were last week, and 2013 players will be ranked over the next 2 weeks), 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.