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Old 01-07-17, 03:41 PM
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Makes sense.That's why I follow Yappi, to learn from you guys (Gals)
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Old 01-07-17, 05:38 PM
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me to and now that 2731 cleared up that they can play hs and do da i feel better about it that was my biggest concern. be tough for a lot of girls i am sure each will figure out what is best for their own.
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Old 01-08-17, 08:27 AM
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DA is designed for one thing and one thing only, to keep the money flowing into the present system. ECNL is a disrupter, the fat boys are pissed, do not mess with their wallets. Ask yourself how those involved with soccer get filthy rich in the USYSA. All about the kids, I mean $$$$. DA is DOA.
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Old 01-09-17, 09:30 AM
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The reason the DA's affiliated with MLS teams are so successful at getting the top talent is that they are tied to the MLS team. The boys want to play there, wear the gear, practice at the training grounds etc with the dream of playing at the club or another MLS club. Nothing obtuse about it. It is proving to be a very successful model for the boys. But the girls thus far only have NWSL and none of those are MLS affiliated. I am not sure why the MLS teams don't have girls teams, it would seem to make sense since the structure is already in place. In all honesty I hope it succeeds and brings a bright light to soccer in our area. I just don't see it basing it off two local clubs.
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Old 01-09-17, 09:34 AM
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Do parents and those following soccer closely honestly believe that US Club Soccer, the US Soccer Federation, and the USYSA are making the recent changes to do what is best for the kids? I, for one, am not a believer. The recent changes are politically/power motivated and are being done to protect monetary interests. If the governing bodies of soccer really wanted to make meaningful changes the game would be more accessible for the kids and it would be doing more to foster development in a broader spectrum of the population. Can anyone honestly state that soccer is becoming more accessible than, let's say, what it was five or ten years ago?

Is the Girls DA really needed? I think that we won't know the real answer for a few years. In the short term, though, I would argue that the GDA is more about politics and power. I don't believe that the Federation is attempting to kill the ECNL but instead is trying to put US Club Soccer in its place. For perspective on this go back in time and note that clubs banded together because they felt that in doing so they would have more power and would do a better job with player development. That was the beginnings of US Club Soccer. The clubs that were/are heavily ingratiated with US Club Soccer rallied/rally against things like ODP. Was this really being done in the interest of the players? I don't believe that it was. US Club Soccer offered a streamlined process for paperwork and made those matters easier for the clubs. It also gave power back to the clubs. Player development was an afterthought. What happened, and what US Club Soccer abetted in, was that youth soccer turned more into a business-oriented endeavor. So while the Federation might be stating that the GDA was started in the name of development, it is being done, in the short term at least, to repudiate the validity and philosophy of US Club Soccer and the ECNL.

Not to be one-upped, US Club Soccer started the boys ECNL. Is the boys ECNL really needed? I doubt it. Again, we probably won't know until the program is in place for a bit. In the short-term the Boys ECNL reeks of a case of "taking the ball and going home" by US Club Soccer and the ECNL. Is it really being done for player development and what is in the best interest of the players? No, it isn't. It's being done in the interest of the clubs. It is merely a power play that is motivated by politics.

The territorial pissings that permeate youth sports in general, and youth soccer in particular, are blatantly obvious. It's sickening how the "leaders" (I use the term "leaders" loosely here) of the sport always profess to be doing what is best for development, what is best for the growth of sport, what is best for the kids, blah, blah, blah. I would have a lot more respect for these clowns if they were honest and would state that they are doing what is best for themselves, their fiefdoms, and their political interests. None of it will change, though, as long as parents believe what the "leaders" are telling them – that the changes are being done for the kids. The true leaders and innovators of youth soccer won't emerge until they quit playing lip-service to "player development." As of now, on the women's side of the game at least, the ball is in the field of the Federation and GDA. Let's see what they do with it. The pessimist in me tends to believe that we'll see more of the same. I would like to be surprised.

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Old 01-09-17, 12:35 PM
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just a little info on boys side. when my son played (92's). the boys DA was just starting and there were 2 teams CUP and the other I won't mention were loaded with talent. these teams cleaned up where ever we traveled to play. NO players from the NON CUP team even tried or were convinced not to try and play in the DA. IF they were serious about the quality of play it should be based on a referral system. Both the coach of the player and other coaches familiar with said player. It was very political back then and I think some players that may have wanted to didn't because they didn't want to let the coaches or teammates down. It should be an honor to try/play for such club. And players with real talent should have a fair opportunity to participate without recourse or financial burden. If not, then finding talented players isn't the real goal of the system. There should be plenty of money to allow players(not there fault) to play that financially couldn't participate.
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Old 01-09-17, 02:24 PM
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The reason the DA's affiliated with MLS teams are so successful at getting the top talent is that they are tied to the MLS team. The boys want to play there, wear the gear, practice at the training grounds etc with the dream of playing at the club or another MLS club. Nothing obtuse about it. It is proving to be a very successful model for the boys. But the girls thus far only have NWSL and none of those are MLS affiliated. I am not sure why the MLS teams don't have girls teams, it would seem to make sense since the structure is already in place. In all honesty I hope it succeeds and brings a bright light to soccer in our area. I just don't see it basing it off two local clubs.
22 Mls teams soon to be 24. 150 boys DA clubs. You do the math. I just looked it up... even I didn't realize how many non MLS clubs had come on to the academy system on the boys side.

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Old 01-09-17, 04:17 PM
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2731 can you help me my sister said her daughter was told she cannot do hs soccer and da why can they do it on the boys side and the girls
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Old 01-09-17, 05:36 PM
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2731 can you help me my sister said her daughter was told she cannot do hs soccer and da why can they do it on the boys side and the girls
I'm sorry I can't help you. I never said you can do HS and DA, you can't.

When I said High School doesn't count, that was from a college recruiting perspective. The vast majority of colleges don't recruit high schools for soccer.
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Old 01-17-17, 12:52 PM
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It appears that the USSF has decided to change the age groups of the GDA beginning in the inaugural year. They had originally intended to offer the age groups of 14/15, 16/17, and 18/19. The boys have recently gone to a single age group for the 15s and the new age groups for the boys DA are U11/U12, U13, U14, U15, U16/U17, and U18/U19. It looks like the GDA is following suit by making changes before it even begins and will have the age groups of U14, U15, U16/U17, and U18/U19.

Here is a release from the USSF on the change:

"Academy Directors and Club Leaders:

First off, thank you for your feedback. Since meeting in Chicago last month, your input has been instrumental in determining the next steps and planning future Academy programming. Specifically, your interest in adding additional age groups for the launch of the Girls’ Academy is aligned with the Academy philosophy for creating a clear player pathway.

With an eye towards an improved everyday environment where players can continue to grow, the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy plans to split the U-14/15 age group into two single-aged teams at U-14 (2004) and U-15 (2003) for its inaugural season in 2017/18. The strategic initiative to increase the player pool at the younger Academy ages, is part of a long-term goal of expanding to single age groups in order to further develop female players.

At the Girls’ Academy launch in Chicago on December 15th, the Academy sought feedback, input and questions in small-group settings from club presidents and Academy Directors. This plan to expand the base of the Academy structure addresses the topic most frequently discussed from the clubs."


I would guess that after the inaugural season that the USSF will plan to offer younger age groups in the GDA, starting at U11, as is currently offered in the boys DA.

This is going to put a lot of pressure on the ECNL to attract players and will probably hurt the league a great deal. I also believe that by expanding the number of age groups, which in essence will also bring a greater number of players to GDA teams, that the USSF is diluting the pool. This comes off to me as more territorial pissings and more politics in action. The USSF is devising ideas to further put the hurt on US Club Soccer and the ECNL. I'm all for it if it will help develop a broader range of players and be inclusive of underserved populations but I don't see a lot of benefits at this time.

High school soccer will also be hurt by the changes. Kids are freshmen at 14 or 15 years of age. Splitting the previous singular age group of 14/15 into 2 age groups of 14 and 15 respectively will take more players out of the high school pool.
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Old 01-17-17, 05:09 PM
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Someone just hit that nail on the head !

This is about a pissing match with USSF, they don't like the fact the ECNL showed them how it should of been done.

So now they want what the ECNL has and they are doing anything to get it.

Development is a complete lie by the federation, the fat boys sitting back collecting the fat paychecks are afraid they might be losing their jobs !

SO yes Bottom line is that it is about Money as it always is.

this will end up as one of the biggest clusters anyone has ever seen.

Doesn't matter this will not end well for anyone ! especially the girls who are putting their heart and souls into this.

But I am sure the two local coaches here will get new cars and a fat paycheck out of it , Way to go !
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Old 01-17-17, 08:51 PM
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Someone just hit that nail on the head !



This is about a pissing match with USSF, they don't like the fact the ECNL showed them how it should of been done.



So now they want what the ECNL has and they are doing anything to get it.



Development is a complete lie by the federation, the fat boys sitting back collecting the fat paychecks are afraid they might be losing their jobs !



SO yes Bottom line is that it is about Money as it always is.



this will end up as one of the biggest clusters anyone has ever seen.



Doesn't matter this will not end well for anyone ! especially the girls who are putting their heart and souls into this.



But I am sure the two local coaches here will get new cars and a fat paycheck out of it , Way to go !


For once I agree. Pissing match, unnecessary, and about money, politics, and power. I am starting to really despise youth soccer.


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Old 01-18-17, 12:21 PM
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Someone just hit that nail on the head !

This is about a pissing match with USSF, they don't like the fact the ECNL showed them how it should of been done.

So now they want what the ECNL has and they are doing anything to get it.

Development is a complete lie by the federation, the fat boys sitting back collecting the fat paychecks are afraid they might be losing their jobs !

SO yes Bottom line is that it is about Money as it always is.

this will end up as one of the biggest clusters anyone has ever seen.

Doesn't matter this will not end well for anyone ! especially the girls who are putting their heart and souls into this.

But I am sure the two local coaches here will get new cars and a fat paycheck out of it , Way to go !

But couldnt is be said this way also?

This is about a pissing match with all other clubs, they don't like the fact the ECNL refuses to play them and refuses to let them join the ECNL no matter what.

So now the ECNL is mad that the other clubs are creating a system like theirs.

Development is a complete lie by the ECNL, the fat boys sitting back collecting the fat paychecks are afraid they might be losing their jobs should the DA be an improvement or if played and lost to the local DA clubs!

SO yes Bottom line is that it is about Money as it always is.

Failing to all new local clubs into the ECNL will end up as one of the biggest clusters anyone has ever seen.

Doesn't matter this will not end well for anyone! Especially the girls who are putting their heart and souls into this.

But I am sure the local ECNL coaches here will get new cars and a fat paychecks somehow , Way to go !
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Old 01-19-17, 02:23 PM
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Really the ECNL teams refuse to play the local teams ?

Dude Last I checked The local ECNL Club is having a Showcase in Feb is that only for ECNL teams ? I don't think so.

So if your local team wants to play ECNL teams I suggest you sign up.

The KHA Pickup team always did !
But Hey I understand you are afraid, I get it, doesn't look good getting beat at a local event.

We all know it's about your image and your gotsoccer points.
But what I cannot figure out is what does Gotsoccer points have to do with development , I guess everything ?
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Old 01-19-17, 02:30 PM
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Basically they changed the name of the teams that the Main DA teams have left behind ?
So they will not be called KHA RED or Cup GOLD anymore they will be called Pre-DA Teams Great marketing scheme.
DO you really think the parents are that stupid ? Well Maybe you do
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Old 01-19-17, 04:07 PM
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Kinds like Pre-ECNL? I believe there will be a DA Team - Pre-DA team then a CUP Gold and Cup Black- I would think that KHA would do the samething.
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Old 01-19-17, 05:33 PM
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What's really interesting is that the level of coaching hasn't really improved greatly. The number of coaches (aka: The "I used to be a good player so I know everything") has increased like crazy...however, those with passion for the game that crave knowledge, and want to constantly learn is still a relative few. Those coaches used to do it for free because they loved it. Some of those take money now, but would likely do it for free anyway. People seem to knock Bobby from CUP on here, but he seems to me to be an extremely hard worker that is constantly trying to improve. There is certainly some jealousy in play as he really has created quite a legacy at CUP from a humble soccer background. Sure, some of his cronies aren't great, but there are some other great coaches at CUP, whether you like them or not. Happens to be some great coaches at OE, whether you like them, or not. All of this bashing anonymously is stupid and childish. What does it do to advance soccer in Southern Ohio? I don't believe the DA is the answer, but I also don't think having the best players scattered all over the city at some big clubs and then the worst thing that has happened to soccer in town, the one off club of teams that exist because they didn't like some big club. I have seen way too many athletes at 13/14 that decide to go to a good club, or team and despite their athleticism...it is too late. Not everyone can be Alex Morgan...most can't catch up. If folks would set aside their egos, and own ambitions we could really have some phenomenal teams in Southern Ohio...Best in the Midwest if you ask me. This is one of the hotbeds of soccer...time we up our game.
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Old 01-19-17, 05:37 PM
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Basically they changed the name of the teams that the Main DA teams have left behind ?
So they will not be called KHA RED or Cup GOLD anymore they will be called Pre-DA Teams Great marketing scheme.
DO you really think the parents are that stupid ? Well Maybe you do
From what I'm reading, the pre DA teams will be combined KH and CUP teams. So, this would be different. It would signal a much broader partnership between the two teams. Sounds like CUP Gold and KHA Red players not selected for or not wanting to go do to the DA would move to these combined teams. In effect, both the CUP and KHA programs would be weakened in favor of a stronger CDA.

This would create a regional powerhouse if you took the best kids from KHA and combined them with the best from CUP.
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Old 01-19-17, 06:20 PM
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From what I'm reading, the pre DA teams will be combined KH and CUP teams. So, this would be different. It would signal a much broader partnership between the two teams. Sounds like CUP Gold and KHA Red players not selected for or not wanting to go do to the DA would move to these combined teams. In effect, both the CUP and KHA programs would be weakened in favor of a stronger CDA.

This would create a regional powerhouse if you took the best kids from KHA and combined them with the best from CUP.
This will be nothing other than 2 mediocre clubs combining to create twice as many mediocrely coached teams, twice as many rich coaches and twice as many disappointed players and twice as many pissed off parents.

If we could harness the energy from when this self implodes we could power the entire USA for a year and we would make America great again.

If I am slightly off base hear, don't worry, the ex-KGB spy, Bucky, will chime in and clear it all up.
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Old 01-19-17, 06:53 PM
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This will be nothing other than 2 mediocre clubs combining to create twice as many mediocrely coached teams, twice as many rich coaches and twice as many disappointed players and twice as many pissed off parents.

If we could harness the energy from when this self implodes we could power the entire USA for a year and we would make America great again.

If I am slightly off base hear, don't worry, the ex-KGB spy, Bucky, will chime in and clear it all up.
2 mediocre clubs combining? I didn't realize CW and TFA were combining
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Old 01-19-17, 08:22 PM
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This thread is absolutely hilarious. So much guess so little substance. Is the girls side always like this?

What if I told you the separation of age groups at the academy level was two years in the making AND the "birth year" movement at the club level was actually the first step in the process.


Y'all seem (not surprisingly) to be oblivious to the fact that US Club actually works for US Soccer and receives funding from it.

It is and always has been a pyramid. US Soccer on top with US Youth and US Club equal base components. Need a drawing?

The sunk cost fallacy has diluted your collective critical thinking abilities.

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Old 01-23-17, 07:47 AM
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I think CUP parents had their DA meeting this weekend. It's about to get interesting.
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Old 01-23-17, 08:31 AM
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2 mediocre clubs combining? I didn't realize CW and TFA were combining
Sorry my sarcasm was not obvious ... I was just trying to beat Buckhead to the punch.
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Old 01-23-17, 05:17 PM
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I think CUP parents had their DA meeting this weekend. It's about to get interesting.
The DA had a meeting for all girls/parents from all clubs who are interested in playing.
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Old 01-24-17, 05:13 PM
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Actually Toe That was really good Well Done !

OH BUT you forgot one thing " YOU CAN DRESS UP A PIG , BUT IT IS STILL A PIG !

I do know the ECNL does not have layers they only field one team in an age group and the Pre-ECNL team is the youngest age in that ladder , but still only one team , not as intense as the ECNL teams schedule, why it is called Pre-ECNL.

Unlike the CDA calling existing CUP GOLD & KHA RED teams Pre-DA , Because those teams last I checked played National league, MRL Etc.

SO now the PRE-DA will play National League, MRL Etc.

So it trickles down to the Old CUP Black no becomes the New Cup Gold and the Old KHA Blue Becomes the New KHA RED, Nothing changed except how much your going to PAY someone has to pay for this new CDA ?

Awesome Idea now these kids can still play High school and other sports !

OH How stupid so could Cup Gold & KHA Red
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So why did they change the names of their top teams?
I was under the assumption these two clubs were rival clubs ?
I also thought one of these clubs is in Kentucky and the other is in Ohio Pretty far apart.
That seems odd? why did these two teams decide to do this new DA together , why didn't one or the other do it ?
I would think this could be a difficult envrionment to coach within ?
Too many coaches postering for power and control could lose focus, this will be a very delicate situation.
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Old 01-26-17, 02:00 AM
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Really the ECNL teams refuse to play the local teams ?

Dude Last I checked The local ECNL Club is having a Showcase in Feb is that only for ECNL teams ? I don't think so.

So if your local team wants to play ECNL teams I suggest you sign up.

The KHA Pickup team always did !
But Hey I understand you are afraid, I get it, doesn't look good getting beat at a local event.

We all know it's about your image and your gotsoccer points.
But what I cannot figure out is what does Gotsoccer points have to do with development , I guess everything ?
So my daughters local team applied to play the local almighty ECNL team, they are U16, National League, MRL 1, and by Got Soccers awful rankings system the top team in Ohio South, #31 in the country. So why does Ohio Elite place them in the second group of the top bracket? When the teams they place in their group are #5 in Pennsylvania, 420 in the country, #5 in Illinois and 140 in the country, #6 in Michigan and 257 in the nation?
I'm not saying they are the best, but they are by far the most "qualified" from the teams that applied to compete against the local ECNL Team and somehow do not get the privilege to play them?
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Old 01-26-17, 09:13 AM
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I just looked at the brackets for the Ohio Elite tournament and you are in the Top Division of the tournament ?
Looks like there are three groups within the Top Division.
Who you will actually play IDK until the actual schedule comes out.
But you said exactly what GotSoccer Rankings are.
Gotsoccer rankings are extremely misleading and basically serve no purpose other than fueling the ego's of certain parents and coaches.
I know ECNL teams could care less and very rarely play in any gotsoccer events?
Example:With the new Age Group changes teams changed from top to bottom in most cases, but Gotsoccer rankings are still rankings those teams from the past which is now vastly different, so extremely poor ranking system.
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Old 01-26-17, 09:16 AM
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Really the ECNL teams refuse to play the local teams ?

Dude Last I checked The local ECNL Club is having a Showcase in Feb is that only for ECNL teams ? I don't think so.

So if your local team wants to play ECNL teams I suggest you sign up.

The KHA Pickup team always did !
But Hey I understand you are afraid, I get it, doesn't look good getting beat at a local event.

We all know it's about your image and your gotsoccer points.
But what I cannot figure out is what does Gotsoccer points have to do with development , I guess everything ?

You are correct and the Elite Invitational draws ECNL teams. I am not sure how many showcases each club / team wants to pay for but I know they both go to a number of them. I know many ECNL teams travel pretty far for friendlies with CUP teams I am surprised that OE wouldnt prefer saving parents money and play some great local teams.
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Old 01-26-17, 09:26 AM
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So my daughters local team applied to play the local almighty ECNL team, they are U16, National League, MRL 1, and by Got Soccers awful rankings system the top team in Ohio South, #31 in the country. So why does Ohio Elite place them in the second group of the top bracket? When the teams they place in their group are #5 in Pennsylvania, 420 in the country, #5 in Illinois and 140 in the country, #6 in Michigan and 257 in the nation?
I'm not saying they are the best, but they are by far the most "qualified" from the teams that applied to compete against the local ECNL Team and somehow do not get the privilege to play them?
I think some of the OE parents are disappointed at the lack of that matchup as well.

You're right though, Gotsoccer has horrible rankings though as they only recognize Gotsoccer tourneys. It also uses ranking points earned from last year, under the old age groupings.

A better ranking site is:
http://youthsoccerrankings.us/

It's a basic computer ranking algorithm. It's not perfect and OE won't show up in the Ohio South rankings because they haven't played enough games (The site is still rebuilding the database using only new age group results). You have to go the national rankings to see OE's OS rankings or find one of their opponents.
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