Soccer America today named the Top 20 Boys and Girls Youth Soccer Clubs in America. The magazine has named the top 20 annually since 2003. The top club on the boys and girls side for this year, each hail from Illinois (Eclipse Select for the girls and Chicago Magic for the boys).
You can see the complete list at www.USYouthSoccer.org. There you'll also find links to the Soccer America pages that detail each club in the rankings.
For the fourth year, Soccer America selected the top 20 boys and girls clubs, based on success of their teams in national youth competitions over the last three years and national recognition for players from these clubs in 2006. The most important criteria for determining 'America's Best Youth Clubs' was success in the US Youth Soccer National Championships during a three-year cycle (2004-2006) an and the number of players who went on to U.S. Soccer national teams and were selected to US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program All-Star rosters via the annual Thanksgiving Interregionals.
If you were to judge the top clubs in the country how would you set the criteria? Would you like to see a weekly or monthly ranking for youth soccer?
Do you think your club should have made this list? Why?