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Top Teams in Ohio: A spring rankings update


As the spring season unfolds and tryout season begins to infiltrate the youth soccer community, it's time to revisit the ever-exciting world of team rankings. With several games under their belts, teams are starting to assert their dominance or make impressive strides up the ladder. In this blog post, we'll take a fresh look at three prominent ranking sources: gotsoccer.com, Youth Soccer Games, and the Soccer Rankings app, to gauge the pulse of youth soccer teams across the state.



Before diving into the latest rankings, be sure to take a look at our previous posts about ranking, where we delved into the intricacies of these ranking systems. Understanding the methodology behind each source gives us a clearer perspective on the rankings they provide, enabling us to make informed assessments.


Now, onto the rankings themselves. At first glance, it's evident that the Internationals are making waves once again, reclaiming their position at the top and asserting their dominance in the girls' game statewide. Their consistent performance speaks volumes about the quality of coaching, player development, and overall organization within the club.


However, a curious trend seems to be emerging in Cincinnati, where the Get Sharp teams are making significant strides and clinching top honors in Youth Soccer Games ranking where recent head to head outcomes are given a lot of weight when ranking. This unexpected surge may have other clubs in the region on the defensive, prompting them to reassess their strategies and up their game to stay competitive.



Boys

Girls

2005

Cincinnati United 05 Cup Gold

FC Dayton

2006

Blast FC 06 RL

Club Ohio O6 G National

2007

Spire FC 2007 Boys

Club Ohio Dayton 07 G Elite

2008

Columbus United B08 Lions

Ohio Elite ECNL G08

2009

Club Ohio 09 B National

Club Ohio Dayton 09G

2010

Team Challenger North

Columbus United G'10 Lions

2011

Canton Akron United Force

Cincinnati United GA

2012

Cincinnati United Cup 12B South

Cleveland Force SC Pre ECNL

2013

Canton Akron United Force

Team Challenger North

2014

Ohio Affiliate Columbus City SC

Club Ohio West 14 G Academy 1



Boys

Girls

2005

Cleveland Force SC ECNL

Internationals SC ECNL

2006

NA

NA

2007

Columbus Crew MLS Next

Internationals SC ECNL

2008

Cleveland Force SC ECNL

Internationals SC ECNL

2009

Columbus Crew MLS Next

Internationals SC ECNL

2010

FC CIncinnati MLS Next

Ohio Premier ECNL

2011

Cincinnati United CUP SC MLS Next

Cincinnati United GA

2012

Cincinnati United CUP Gold

Ohio Elite SA Pre ECNL

2013

Cincinnati United CUP Gold

Cleveland Force SC Pre ECNL Blue

2014

Pacesetter SC 24 Red Pre ECNL

Internationals SC PRE ECNL

2015

Cincy Galaxy SC Elite

BSA Celtic White

2016

Barca Academy Columbus CLB Premier

Barcelona United Pool 1



Boys

Girls

2005

NA

NA

2006

Blast FC Soccer Academy

Internationals SC ECNL

2007

Cincinnati Elite FC

Internationals SC ECNL

2008

Sporting Columbus RL B08

Ohio Elite Soccer Academy ECNL

2009

Columbus Crew MLS Next

Internationals SC ECNL

2010

Club Ohio ECNL RL

CUP 10G GA

2011

Get Sharp GSF 2011B

CUP 11G GA

2012

Cleveland Force 12 B South

Get Sharp GSF 2012G Gold

2013

Get Sharp GSF 2013B Gold

Get Sharp GSF 2013 G Gold

2014

Ohio Affiliate Columbus City SC

GTFC 2014 Girls Pre ECNL

2015

Lakota Futbol Club B15 White

Queen City Futsal Academy


Amidst the dominance of established powerhouses, it's heartening to see smaller and newer clubs making their mark on the rankings. Their inclusion underscores the dynamic nature of youth soccer, where dedication, talent, and effective coaching can propel even the underdogs to success. Congratulations are certainly in order for these clubs, whose achievements are nothing short of impressive.


As tryout season approaches, these rankings serve as valuable benchmarks for players, coaches, and parents alike. They provide insight into the landscape of youth soccer, helping prospective players find the right fit for their skill level, aspirations, and development needs. Additionally, for coaches and club administrators, the rankings offer valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of their teams, informing strategic decisions and areas for improvement.


It's important to note that while rankings offer a snapshot of performance at a given moment, they are not definitive indicators of future success. Soccer is a dynamic sport, and factors such as injuries, player development, and tactical adjustments can all influence outcomes over time. Therefore, while rankings provide a helpful reference point, they should be viewed in conjunction with other factors when evaluating teams and players.


As we make our way through another exciting season of Ohio soccer, let's celebrate the achievements of top-ranked teams while also applauding the efforts of up-and-coming clubs. Whether you're vying for top honors or simply enjoying the beautiful game, remember that soccer is as much about passion, teamwork, and growth as it is about winning. Here's to a successful and rewarding season ahead for all involved in the youth soccer community!

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