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2011 Soccer America's Best Girls Clubs
by Paul Kennedy, December 14th, 2011 12:34AM

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[RANKINGS] The Players Development Academy, known as PDA, is first in Soccer America's annual girls rankings. The New Jersey club edged out Illinois powerhouse Eclipse Select.

PDA tops the Soccer America girls rankings for the first time since their launch in 2003, the year of PDA's first of two U.S. Youth national titles.

Since then, PDA has won 17 regional championships and the PDA Slammers' 2011 U-15 title ended the club's USYS title drought.

PDA was also one of only two clubs to place two teams in the top five of the second season of the Elite Clubs National League.

In 2010, the Tsunami won the U-17 ECNL championship and the Charge was the runner-up in the U-16 division.

Club profiles appear in Soccer America's Best Girls Clubs feature in the Best of American Soccer 2011 magazine, which is included in magazine subscriptions and also available for purchase (see below).

Criteria: Soccer America selects the top 30 clubs based on success of their teams in national youth competitions over the last three years (2009-11) and the selection of their players to national youth teams and other national achievements in 2011. Club profiles may reference other accomplishments but accomplishments of former players and the number of players placed in college are not considered.

2011 Top 30 Girls Clubs
1. PDA
2. Eclipse Select
3. Sting Soccer
4. Mustang Soccer
5. Colorado Rush
6. Lonestar SC
7. CASL
8. Dallas Texans
9. FC Stars of Massachusetts
10. San Diego Surf
11. So Cal Blues
12. Michigan Hawks
13. MVLA
14. Solar
15. Real Colorado
16. Real So Cal
17. KCFC
18. Bethesda SC
19. FC Milwaukee
20. Slammers FC
21. Arsenal
22. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy
23. Concorde Fire
24. FC Bucks
25. Naperville SA Premier
26. Match Fit Chelsea
27. West Coast FC
28. Crossfire Premier
29. McLean Premier
30. Ohio Premier Eagles

No. 1 Girls Clubs
2003 -- Bethesda SC
2004 -- San Diego Surf
2005 -- Dallas Texans
2006 -- Eclipse Select
2007 -- Eclipse Select
2008 -- Dallas Texans
2009 -- Dallas Texans
2010 -- Dallas Texans
2011 -- PDA

READER'S NOTE:
Soccer America's annual Best Boys Clubs story, detailing the accomplishments of the ranked clubs and their players, will appear in Soccer America's Best of American Soccer 2011 magazine, which is included in magazine subscriptions.

Readers interested in purchasing individual copies of Best of American Soccer 2011 magazine can do so at: Soccer America subscriptions

Clubs interested in purchasing copies of Soccer America's Best of American Soccer 2011 at bulk rates should contact Soccer America's Christopher Carney at: chrisc@mediapost.com

Clubs interested in advertising in Soccer America's Best of American Soccer 2011 should contact Soccer America's Doug Murdock at: doug@socceramerica.com



2 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: December 14, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
    Like SA's men's club ranking, this process leaves a lot to be desired. What galls me is that, yet again, the what seems to be perennial East Coast, Mid West bias against teams (collegiate, scholastic, and "clubs" west of the Mississippi is now firmly entrenched in this process. It makes one believe and think that this part of this expansive nation of ours cannot and does not produce top players, or can field top collegiate, scholastic and clubs. From the above list, unless I miscounted, there are only six clubs from the Far West (excluding Texas and Colorado as they're in the Mid West Region, and yet, one of the country's oldest perennially TOP Clubs, the San Diego Surf, is "ranked" in 10th place, as opposed to beint in the top five. Something is seriously wrong with this ranking business that needs to need a complete overhaul!

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: December 17, 2011 at 10:40 p.m.
    Sounds like Stuper again doesn't have anything better to say.


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