I'm not sure what the criterion are for said rankings and/or how much weight is given to each factor listed, but I can definitively tell you Magic, Sockers and Scott Gallagher are ALL better clubs than say, for instance, Carmel United. I've reffed ALL of the above. furthermore, this ranking is for CLUB teams only, not necessarily high school sides, which was the subject of the thread. Many of these club teams are all star squads comprised of players from various states. Furthermore, GA may have one SOLID club, but the Chicago area has at least FOUR at that level...all competing for the same players. Now I'm not necessarily excluding the possibility that a high school from georgia could compete with big name schools from the traditional "power" states...I'm sure they could, but top to bottom NO COMPARISON. And that makes all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to state titles and national rankings. I saw it in the neighboring state I reffed in. Their state champ (lets call them blue) was certainly a good team, and could give any team in Chicago a run for its money...but they also played a cupcake schedule during the regular season and all through the playoffs (came from a weak regional) until they got downstate to the final four. While the five-six downstate teams beat each others brains in and knocked each other out, blue coasted to the final four well rested and won two games to claim the title. Were they the best team in the state? Probably not...they lost their only two regular season games against downstate opponents, but since all the downstate teams beat each others brains in and knocked each other out, they coasted in the final four. Same thing happened in IL. Rockford Boylan came from a relatively weak supersectional to claim a spot in the final four and in fact had several nail biters on the way there. I was at the IL final four sitting with a D2 coach, and we BOTH agreed that Naperville North (despite the fact they weren't even the best team in Naperville, LOL) and Libertyville were the two best teams there...but guess what? Rockford won the title, with a little bit of luck and some controversial calls/non calls. Meanwhile, the two best teams I saw all year in IL, Morton and Lyons Township, were knocked out in the round of sixteen and round of eight respectively (Lyons knocked off Morton). In IL, the four winners of supersectionals go "downstate" to the final four. The Hinsdale Central supersectional featured Morton, Lyons Township, Nequa Valley, Naperville North and Downers Grove North, IMO five of the top eight teams I saw all year. So while they were busy beating each others brains in, Rockford coasted through some fairly easy groupings to get to the final four. They played two solid, but unspectacular, Chicago schools on the way there...and barely won by 1-0 margins in both games. Rockford then overcame a two goal deficit in pks (unheard of) to get by Edwardsville in the first semi final...and then beat a shorthanded Libertyville (their best mdifielder was red carded in the other semi final) in the final in OT, albeit with some controversy (refereeing). Would Boylan have been able to do so if they were in the Hinsdale Central supersectional? I highly doubt it. In fact, I'd bet my house not. Nonetheless, as a result of this state final "crapshoot", three teams which I believe merited national ranking consideration (Morton, Lyons Township, Nequa Valley) were left out in the cold. Would the same happen in a place like Georgia? I highly doubt it. California? Yes. New Jersey, Texas? Yes. Too many good teams and too many opportunities to stub your toe in power states. THAT is the difference.